Campaigners calling for lifts to be installed at Pokesdown Railway Station

Bournemouth Echo: Andy Jones, front left, and other members of Pokesdown Community Forum along with local residents, are campaigning for a lift Andy Jones, front left, and other members of Pokesdown Community Forum along with local residents, are campaigning for a lift

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for lifts to be installed at Pokesdown Railway Station.

Currently the station, which according to Pokesdown Community Forum is the second busiest in the area with 312,000 users in 2011-12, is only accessible via 42 steps from road level.

The forum has launched an online petition which has already been signed by more than 400 people, and today members are meeting with Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood to discuss possible sources of funding.

Forum secretary Andy Jones said: “We are currently in consultation with South West Trains and Network Rail in order to try and remedy this totally unsatisfactory situation where the elderly, disabled and those with young families are unable to access the station platforms.

“Pokesdown is the main station for visitors to Boscombe, Southbourne and AFC Bournemouth, yet there have been no lifts working on the station for around 30 years.

“Government funds do exist to make stations accessible under the Access for All scheme, which has paid for 150 stations to be improved with lifts and ramps since 2006.

“A further £100m will be available from 2015 to 2019, but the Department for Transport is not currently considering Pokesdown.”

The forum has been joined in the campaign by a range of groups including Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce, Southbourne Business Association and Pokesdown Children’s Centre.

Mr Ellwood said he had already submitted a parliamentary question asking what plans were in place to improve the station.

“Pokesdown must be a priority, both because it is busy and because currently there is nothing in place to improve access,” he said.

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

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8:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

rotcoddam says...

A club of which I am a member rebuilt their club premises a couple of years ago. Access to the club is restricted solely to members and their invited guests. We had to spend considerable amounts of money providing disabled access, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. Despite being able to prove that we had not one single member, nor guests,who would require such facilities, nor likely to have any.

So why are South West trains exempt from the legal requirements of disabled access.
A club of which I am a member rebuilt their club premises a couple of years ago. Access to the club is restricted solely to members and their invited guests. We had to spend considerable amounts of money providing disabled access, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. Despite being able to prove that we had not one single member, nor guests,who would require such facilities, nor likely to have any. So why are South West trains exempt from the legal requirements of disabled access. rotcoddam
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10:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

bmth & bosc athletic says...

In this age it is absurd to be be denied access on grounds of disability, but it's a big step to kick this off. Watch this space.
In this age it is absurd to be be denied access on grounds of disability, but it's a big step to kick this off. Watch this space. bmth & bosc athletic
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