Disabled campaigners make video plea for lifts at Pokesdown station

VIDEO: Railway campaigners make video for their cause

A still from Access Dorset's short film

Railway campaigners make video for their cause

Railway campaigners make video for their cause

Railway campaigners make video for their cause

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A VIDEO calling for lifts to be installed at Pokesdown Railway Station has been made by disabled campaigners.

Produced by charity Access Dorset, the video shows Bournemouth resident Kelvin Trevett being repeatedly told there is no way for him to access the station platform in his wheelchair.

It is set as if shot over several decades, with a newspaper stand marking various landmarks in the development of disabled people’s rights since 1960.

Transport minister Stephen Hammond is due to visit the station – currently only accessible via 42 steps – to discuss the issue with residents next month.

Steve McCarthy, 46, who is blind and plays the newspaper seller, said: “It is very difficult for me to get off at Pokesdown and impossible for others.

“A lot has changed for disabled people over the last 20 years or so, but not at this station, that is what we wanted to get across.”

Access Dorset CEO Jonathan Waddington-Jones said: “We are 100 per cent behind the campaign to make this station accessible and hope this film, made by our volunteers, will put a bit more pressure on South West Trains.”

A campaign to get lifts installed at the station was started earlier this year by Pokesdown Community Forum, supported by Access Dorset and other businesses and community organisations in the area.

Forum secretary Andy Jones said: “We thought the video was excellent, it underlines the plight of people struggling to access the station.”

A petition backing the campaign has received nearly 1,300 signatures, and Mr Hammond is due to visit the station on Monday, July 28, having been invited by Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood.

“We have been waiting a few weeks for this visit so to have it all arranged at last is a significant step forward for us. We would like to have a good number of residents at the station on the day. We will be discussing our plans next week,” said Mr Jones.

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5:48am Mon 16 Jun 14

Understated says...

im sure there is a lift system already there, but ivve never sen it working or in use. it should cost even les to repair whats already there, give it a bit of a clean and it should work its purpose. problem would be in the amount of people in the area who are currently using the station as a urinary, i have a feeling that they should look into locking the station after the final train passes.
have the station master open up in the morning again.
im sure there is a lift system already there, but ivve never sen it working or in use. it should cost even les to repair whats already there, give it a bit of a clean and it should work its purpose. problem would be in the amount of people in the area who are currently using the station as a urinary, i have a feeling that they should look into locking the station after the final train passes. have the station master open up in the morning again. Understated
  • Score: 3

6:02am Mon 16 Jun 14

Garnier says...

I know Pokesdown station very well, when it was actually staffed. I now live overseas, but come back to Bournemouth often - I get off at Pokesdown from Waterloo, it always amazes me that I have to struggle up those stairs with heavy luggage. It’s a scandal ! Love the film by the way, brilliant – hope you get the lift working .
I know Pokesdown station very well, when it was actually staffed. I now live overseas, but come back to Bournemouth often - I get off at Pokesdown from Waterloo, it always amazes me that I have to struggle up those stairs with heavy luggage. It’s a scandal ! Love the film by the way, brilliant – hope you get the lift working . Garnier
  • Score: 3

9:29am Mon 16 Jun 14

whataboutthat says...

Stagecoach - owners and operators of South West Trains - are raking it in. The subsidy they receive is mind boggling millions per month. Go figure their interests...
Stagecoach - owners and operators of South West Trains - are raking it in. The subsidy they receive is mind boggling millions per month. Go figure their interests... whataboutthat
  • Score: 0

11:24am Mon 16 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

Given that most of the local population live far further away from ANY railway station than the distance between Pokesdown and the two perfectly accessible alternative stations at Christchurch and Bournemouth I think this campaign is both pointless and a little ridiculous.

So maybe these same people would like to extend their campaign to also improve accessibility for the travelling public at Wimborne, Ringwood, Broadstone, Boscombe, Westbourne, Hurn and West Moors railway stations - starting with putting them all back!
Given that most of the local population live far further away from ANY railway station than the distance between Pokesdown and the two perfectly accessible alternative stations at Christchurch and Bournemouth I think this campaign is both pointless and a little ridiculous. So maybe these same people would like to extend their campaign to also improve accessibility for the travelling public at Wimborne, Ringwood, Broadstone, Boscombe, Westbourne, Hurn and West Moors railway stations - starting with putting them all back! muscliffman
  • Score: 4

12:10pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Phixer says...

muscliffman wrote:
Given that most of the local population live far further away from ANY railway station than the distance between Pokesdown and the two perfectly accessible alternative stations at Christchurch and Bournemouth I think this campaign is both pointless and a little ridiculous.

So maybe these same people would like to extend their campaign to also improve accessibility for the travelling public at Wimborne, Ringwood, Broadstone, Boscombe, Westbourne, Hurn and West Moors railway stations - starting with putting them all back!
and Bournemouth West is - was - nearer the hotels and beach for many visitors.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Given that most of the local population live far further away from ANY railway station than the distance between Pokesdown and the two perfectly accessible alternative stations at Christchurch and Bournemouth I think this campaign is both pointless and a little ridiculous. So maybe these same people would like to extend their campaign to also improve accessibility for the travelling public at Wimborne, Ringwood, Broadstone, Boscombe, Westbourne, Hurn and West Moors railway stations - starting with putting them all back![/p][/quote]and Bournemouth West is - was - nearer the hotels and beach for many visitors. Phixer
  • Score: -1

12:35pm Mon 16 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

Phixer wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Given that most of the local population live far further away from ANY railway station than the distance between Pokesdown and the two perfectly accessible alternative stations at Christchurch and Bournemouth I think this campaign is both pointless and a little ridiculous.

So maybe these same people would like to extend their campaign to also improve accessibility for the travelling public at Wimborne, Ringwood, Broadstone, Boscombe, Westbourne, Hurn and West Moors railway stations - starting with putting them all back!
and Bournemouth West is - was - nearer the hotels and beach for many visitors.
Thanks 'Phixer' but I did actually include it - West(bourne) Station.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Given that most of the local population live far further away from ANY railway station than the distance between Pokesdown and the two perfectly accessible alternative stations at Christchurch and Bournemouth I think this campaign is both pointless and a little ridiculous. So maybe these same people would like to extend their campaign to also improve accessibility for the travelling public at Wimborne, Ringwood, Broadstone, Boscombe, Westbourne, Hurn and West Moors railway stations - starting with putting them all back![/p][/quote]and Bournemouth West is - was - nearer the hotels and beach for many visitors.[/p][/quote]Thanks 'Phixer' but I did actually include it - West(bourne) Station. muscliffman
  • Score: 1

3:24am Tue 17 Jun 14

Garnier says...

The comments from Phixer and muscliffman, have absolutely nothing to do with this film and the point of it. As for the two ‘perfectly accessible’ alternative stations mentioned - Christchurch, I’ve tried that, rarely are there Taxi’s, and on a winter’s night it ‘s not a pleasant place to be, not well lit, and tucked out of the way. As for Bournemouth - when I want to go to Fisherman’s walk ? What a good idea – I hadn’t thought of that

But this is not about me, or the closure of over two thousand stations by Richard Beeching, or the argument of ‘bring them back’, it’s about access for all people, hence the point of the film. I’m very lucky I’m able bodied – In this day and age disabled access should be a given, if not a right, and I’m appalled that we can still lock out members of society through no problem or fault of their own. Pointless and ridiculous is it ? What a selfish and myopic view, I hope neither of you ever have to rely on public transport, and please try not to grow old ..
The comments from Phixer and muscliffman, have absolutely nothing to do with this film and the point of it. As for the two ‘perfectly accessible’ alternative stations mentioned - Christchurch, I’ve tried that, rarely are there Taxi’s, and on a winter’s night it ‘s not a pleasant place to be, not well lit, and tucked out of the way. As for Bournemouth - when I want to go to Fisherman’s walk ? What a good idea – I hadn’t thought of that But this is not about me, or the closure of over two thousand stations by Richard Beeching, or the argument of ‘bring them back’, it’s about access for all people, hence the point of the film. I’m very lucky I’m able bodied – In this day and age disabled access should be a given, if not a right, and I’m appalled that we can still lock out members of society through no problem or fault of their own. Pointless and ridiculous is it ? What a selfish and myopic view, I hope neither of you ever have to rely on public transport, and please try not to grow old .. Garnier
  • Score: 2

9:15am Mon 23 Jun 14

Chris345 says...

Surely it would be cheaper for Stagecoach, just to arrange a Free Taxi Service for the Disabled from Bournemouth (about £10) than try and get a lift working at Pokesdown! Don't think that I'd like to use a lift at Pokesdown Station any time, especially not when the station is unmanned.
Surely it would be cheaper for Stagecoach, just to arrange a Free Taxi Service for the Disabled from Bournemouth (about £10) than try and get a lift working at Pokesdown! Don't think that I'd like to use a lift at Pokesdown Station any time, especially not when the station is unmanned. Chris345
  • Score: 0

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