Campaigners for new Pokesdown train station lifts ‘still waiting’ for promised ministerial visit

MOMENTUM: Campaigners fear momentum will be lost if their meeting with a minister is postponed again

MOMENTUM: Campaigners fear momentum will be lost if their meeting with a minister is postponed again

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CAMPAIGNERS for new lifts at Pokesdown Railway Station are still waiting for a ministerial visit promised in March.

Andy Jones, secretary of Pokesdown Community Forum which is running the campaign, said they were concerned it might lose momentum if their meeting with minister Stephen Hammond was delayed for much longer.

Last month a petition with more than 1,200 signatures calling for the first working lifts at the station in three decades was presented to Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood to take to the Department of Transport.

“We were hoping he would have visited by now; this needs to move along soon or it will start to lose a bit of momentum,” said Mr Jones.

“One thing we discussed at the last forum meeting was perhaps a group of us going up to parliament to meet the minister there instead, and moving it forward that way.”

South West Trains – Network Rail Alliance said the station, which is only accessible via 42 steps from road level, ranks in the lowest third of stations on its network in terms of “passenger volumes”.

The company has not included it in the latest round of its stations eligible for funding from the government’s 2015-2019 Access for All scheme.

“We want Pokesdown included on the list for funding and we will need him involved,” added Mr Jones.

“People have been raising this issue with us for many months now and, since we have got the backing of local businesses through the Chamber of Trade and Commerce, councillors and Tobias Ellwood, it has really taken off.”

To sign the petition visit change.org/en-GB/petitions/south-west-trains-network-rail-make-pokesdown-station-accessible.

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12:33pm Thu 8 May 14

BmthNewshound says...

Its suppose at the end of the day its all about money and whether installing lifts at Pokesdown would be considered value for money.
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I think the two main issues are that the station is in the bottom third of stations in terms of passenger numbers and therefore every £1 invested at stations with higher passenger numbers benefit more people. There's also the issue of ongoing maintenance costs and risk of vandalism and anit-social benhaviour as Pokesdown station is often unstaffed.
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Its suppose at the end of the day its all about money and whether installing lifts at Pokesdown would be considered value for money. . I think the two main issues are that the station is in the bottom third of stations in terms of passenger numbers and therefore every £1 invested at stations with higher passenger numbers benefit more people. There's also the issue of ongoing maintenance costs and risk of vandalism and anit-social benhaviour as Pokesdown station is often unstaffed. . BmthNewshound
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12:56pm Thu 8 May 14

AndrewSantos says...

Totally agree with the above comment, however, there is a lift on each platform already ... ok, it hasn't been used in years and probably don't work anymore, but surely, if Pokesdown were to get lifts at the station, all they would have to do is fix or upgrade what is already at the station???
Totally agree with the above comment, however, there is a lift on each platform already ... ok, it hasn't been used in years and probably don't work anymore, but surely, if Pokesdown were to get lifts at the station, all they would have to do is fix or upgrade what is already at the station??? AndrewSantos
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1:10pm Thu 8 May 14

Markmag says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Its suppose at the end of the day its all about money and whether installing lifts at Pokesdown would be considered value for money.
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I think the two main issues are that the station is in the bottom third of stations in terms of passenger numbers and therefore every £1 invested at stations with higher passenger numbers benefit more people. There's also the issue of ongoing maintenance costs and risk of vandalism and anit-social benhaviour as Pokesdown station is often unstaffed.
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Problem is Pokesdown is underreported. Many users of Pokesdown pay a few pennies more and get a Bournemouth ticket instead to give them more flexibility in terms of return trains. Also how many people go from Bournemouth instead because of those stairs?

Fixing lifts at Pokesdown would be good, but what would be better would be to reopen Boscombe station.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Its suppose at the end of the day its all about money and whether installing lifts at Pokesdown would be considered value for money. . I think the two main issues are that the station is in the bottom third of stations in terms of passenger numbers and therefore every £1 invested at stations with higher passenger numbers benefit more people. There's also the issue of ongoing maintenance costs and risk of vandalism and anit-social benhaviour as Pokesdown station is often unstaffed. .[/p][/quote]Problem is Pokesdown is underreported. Many users of Pokesdown pay a few pennies more and get a Bournemouth ticket instead to give them more flexibility in terms of return trains. Also how many people go from Bournemouth instead because of those stairs? Fixing lifts at Pokesdown would be good, but what would be better would be to reopen Boscombe station. Markmag
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8:04pm Thu 8 May 14

muscliffman says...

I regret I cannot see any possible justification for such huge expenditure when there are two perfectly accessible Stations less than five miles away from Pokesdown - most of us don't have any railway station at all that close by!
I regret I cannot see any possible justification for such huge expenditure when there are two perfectly accessible Stations less than five miles away from Pokesdown - most of us don't have any railway station at all that close by! muscliffman
  • Score: -1

10:13pm Thu 8 May 14

pete woodley says...

muscliffman wrote:
I regret I cannot see any possible justification for such huge expenditure when there are two perfectly accessible Stations less than five miles away from Pokesdown - most of us don't have any railway station at all that close by!
BIg expense just to please a very few moaners.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: I regret I cannot see any possible justification for such huge expenditure when there are two perfectly accessible Stations less than five miles away from Pokesdown - most of us don't have any railway station at all that close by![/p][/quote]BIg expense just to please a very few moaners. pete woodley
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10:14pm Thu 8 May 14

pete woodley says...

muscliffman wrote:
I regret I cannot see any possible justification for such huge expenditure when there are two perfectly accessible Stations less than five miles away from Pokesdown - most of us don't have any railway station at all that close by!
BIg expense just to please a very few moaners.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: I regret I cannot see any possible justification for such huge expenditure when there are two perfectly accessible Stations less than five miles away from Pokesdown - most of us don't have any railway station at all that close by![/p][/quote]BIg expense just to please a very few moaners. pete woodley
  • Score: -2

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