Well done to Michael Fabricant for trying to get the state of Lichfield Trent Valley station on the agenda, as mentioned on his Twitter page. Anyone who has had to use the station will share his frustration that he wasn’t successful in being called on the issue. As a junction between key rail lines it should have some form of disabled access. And it’s not just the disabled who suffer from a station which simply isn’t fit for purpose. Anyone who has tried carrying a child, plus pushchair and other items up and down those stairs will know it could be the qualifier for Britain’s Strongest Man. Surely a quickfire solution could have been to open up access from the opposite end of the Cross-City Line platform to allow those who can’t manage the stairs to access the two platforms which are currently impossible to reach? Lichfield Trent Valley is a gateway to the city for many passengers and it is a disgrace that it is being allowed to fester and fall apart. It doesn’t matter how many fancy trains or high-speed rail lines are put in place, the station is just as key to many rail commuters as the journey itself. You only have to look at the passengers huddled into the ramshackle and massively inadequate waiting room during the winter months to see that there are real problems when it comes to the station.