"Everyone should be able to access our rail network" - David gives official backing to investment bid at Stroud station
David Drew MP has given official backing to calls for proper access at Stroud railway station.
“Too many people in Stroud have waited too long for decent access to our rail network. Everyone should have access to our public transport,” said Mr Drew.
“I take the train regularly from Stroud station and often see people with young children, elderly people and those with mobility problems struggling over the bridge. It is distressing and discriminatory. Investment is well over-due.’”
Mr Drew, MP for Stroud, made his submission this week calling on GWR and Network Rail to make Stroud station a priority to receive a share of £300 million Access for All funding.
Currently there is no step-free access from one platform to the other. Wheelchair users have to follow a difficult alternative route taking up to fifteen minutes.
“Stroud has been calling for improvements for years,” said Mr Drew MP.
“Stroud Town Council has conducted thorough research which gives clear evidence of the desperate need for adequate access for people with mobility issues to Stroud town centre and to the mainline routes to London, Cheltenham and beyond.”
Over 2,500 people have already said a step-free crossing at the station is a priority, during the Neighbourhood Development Plan consultation.
“I recently met with GWR’s senior team to discuss poor services, but just as vital is accessibility. I will be contacting them again to explain why improvements to Stroud must be made a priority.
“People with disabilities face increasing challenges of all kinds to access shops, services and economic opportunities. Inadequate investment in our rail network is yet another barrier and it is shocking that it has still not been addressed.”
Mr Drew made his full submission this week to the consultation ahead of the October 1 deadline.
He is also urging people to add their names to a petition calling on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to make accessibility at Stroud a priority.
To sign the petition, click here.
“I hope that GWR pushes Stroud station forward as a priority for investment and that the government finally makes funding available. I look forward to a railway station that is welcoming to all travellers,” said Mr Drew.
Read Mr Drew’s detailed submission to GWR here.