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Funding bid for new disabled access ramp linking car park with Lichfield Trent Valley platform

A funding bid has been made to create a disabled access ramp from Lichfield Trent Valley’s rear car park and the London-bound platform.

Lichfield Trent Valley station

Lichfield Trent Valley station

Work is due to start on installing lifts at the station at the end of this month.

But the current access between the newer of the car parks and the London-bound platform on the West Coast Main Line is only accessible via a set of steps.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has backed a bid by West Midlands Trains for Access for All funding from the Department of Transport for a ramp to be built.

“The good news is that work is expected to commence at the end of this month on the construction of two lifts at Lichfield Trent Valley station to enable disabled access to all three platforms,” he said.

“But the bad news is that when a brand new car park on the London side of the station was constructed, a ramp was not provided for disabled people or those with heavy baggage to access the station or its platforms.

“I know that a ramp will be welcomed by the many people who have already contacted me about this omission – and I have tabled Parliamentary Questions to the Department of Transport to keep up the pressure.”

Mr Fabricant said he was hopeful the proposals would win the funding required.

“The Department for Transport and Network Rail have just announced a new pool of funding for access projects such as this and I hope that a ramp can be provided in the not too distant future,” he said.

“With the two new lifts, Lichfield Trent Valley will then be fully disabled-friendly.”

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  1. Nodge

    14th November, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    “West Midlands Trains starts £1 billion investment into the UK rail network” they boasted on their own website late last year, now they want money from the govt to fund something on their own turf?

  2. Steven Norman

    21st November, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    What is your definition of urgent?
    “Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said work was expected to start in the summer of 2016.

    He said Network Rail was currently designing a scheme for the station.

    Lichfield was one of 42 stations named by the DfT in April 2014 to benefit from Access For All funding.

    Network Rail said the projects typically involved building lifts for platforms where there was no level access.

    Mr Fabricant has previously described the situation for disabled passengers wishing to travel on either the West Coast Mainline towards Birmingham or the Cross City line as “totally unacceptable”.

    “It’s quite urgent work. The station’s on two levels. If you get to the car park you can’t get to the Cross City line or the West Coast mainline that runs to London,” the Conservative MP said.