Rail minister urged to ensure disabled access improvements at Lichfield Trent Valley are not delayed

Rail bosses have been urged to make sure the introduction of disabled access facilities at Lichfield Trent Valley station are not delayed.

The city’s MP Michael Fabricant tackled new rail minister Paul Maynard on the issue in the House of Commons.

Lichfield Trent Valley. Pic: Rob Newman

Lichfield Trent Valley station. Pic: Rob Newman and
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Plans have been drawn up to install lifts to allow access to two of the three platforms on the split-level station.

Mr Fabricant told his colleague that Lichfield commuters were getting “rather irritated” by the issue.

The minister replied, saying that the future of the scheme should soon become clearer.

“Some of the Access for All funding was re-prioritised,” he said. “I am hoping to announce very shortly which stations will be prioritised again.

“I stop in Lichfield Trent Valley often myself — largely in the dark, I must confess — and I am sure there is a great need for improved accessibility there.”

Mr Fabricant said he would meet with the Minister to ensure Lichfield is not forgotten.

“Previous transport ministers had given me assurances that Lichfield is a high priority, but with a change of leadership, I want the new transport team to know that my campaign for access to all three platforms remains a priority,” the MP said.

“Construction work was originally scheduled to begin before the end of the year. I hope it will not be delayed.”

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5 Comments

  1. Gary

    16th September, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Why not make new home developers pay for projects like these?

    You want to build hundreds of houses down the road, you have to pay to improve the local area.

    As a disabled person, LTV is a disgrace, especially in the winter.

    The car park also, has amazingly deep holes, bits of metal sticking up on the pavement and often puddles to deep, you could swim in them.

    Cars drive and park on the areas designated for pedestrians.

    It is amazing that there are not more accidents at LTV.

  2. JennyScience

    17th September, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Hasn’t our MP been making this a priority local issue for quite some time?
    LTV isn’t fit for purpose and hasn’t been for some time. No amount of “pressure” and intervention from our MP has made the slightest difference and I can’t see this latest attempt leading to any progress either.
    LTV isn’t the only thing that is no longer fit for purpose.

  3. Clown in a wig

    18th September, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Agree with the comments above: There will be awkward questions asked if the work doesn’t commence before the start of the year

  4. Darryl

    19th September, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    No toilets at Lichfield City, no disabled access at LTV, what a fantastic welcoming city…

  5. Gary

    20th September, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    We must be welcoming. I have seen a number of people exchanging details on the roads outside Lichfield City and Trent Valley stations.

    Name, address, phone number and insurance details.

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