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Lichfield’s MP has described plans for an upgrade to Lichfield Trent Valley Station as “excellent news”.
The Minister of State for Rail, Simon Burns, has confirmed that the current building will be replaced as part of an £800,000 scheme.
Mr Burns said: “We are aware that there is strong public support for improvements at this station in light of its current condition and the significant growth in passenger usage.”
However, the plans have drawn some criticism as they will not include the much-called for installation of lifts to allow disabled passengers to access all three platforms.
But Michael Fabricant MP, who welcomed the new investment, admitted he would continue pushing for further improvements to the station.
“Lichfield Trent Valley has been a disgrace for too long and these improvements will be good news for commuters and other rail users,” he explained. “However, I will continue to press for the station to be upgraded to enable disabled passengers to access all three platforms – this is a busy station on the West Coast Main Line.
“I also continue to monitor the performance of London Midland trains and their unreliability of service. I have raised the issue with ministers verbally, by letter and by Parliamentary Questions. They too are fully aware of this issue.”