We’re still waiting: campaigners calling for new station lifts see Transport Minister visit postponed after reshuffle

We’re still waiting: campaigners calling for new station lifts see Transport Minister visit postponed after reshuffle

We’re still waiting: campaigners calling for new station lifts see Transport Minister visit postponed after reshuffle

First published in News

THE transport minister’s planned visit to Pokesdown Railway Station next week has been postponed due to the reshuffle.

Stephen Hammond has been replaced in the role by Claire Perry, who is unable to meet the appointment due to a prior engagement, according to Pokesdown Community Forum.

Campaigners backed by Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood have been calling for the visit to support their efforts to install lifts at the station, which is only accessible via 42 steps.

Forum secretary Andy Jones said he would be liaising with Mr Ellwood’s office to rearrange the visit, as the MP is currently in the United States following his new appointment to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Some 1,300 supporters have signed a petition calling for the lifts, although South West Trains has said the station is not a priority.

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8:44am Wed 23 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

"Still waiting" Oh dear.

There is really no need to keep waiting because it must take a maximum of about fifteen minutes to continue from Pokesdown Station to either Bournemouth or Christchurch railway Stations where there is no need for lifts and already excellent accessibility. In fact that time is a lot shorter than it takes most local people to reach a railway Station at all.
"Still waiting" Oh dear. There is really no need to keep waiting because it must take a maximum of about fifteen minutes to continue from Pokesdown Station to either Bournemouth or Christchurch railway Stations where there is no need for lifts and already excellent accessibility. In fact that time is a lot shorter than it takes most local people to reach a railway Station at all. muscliffman
  • Score: 4

9:48am Wed 23 Jul 14

oy@Bmth says...

muscliffman wrote:
"Still waiting" Oh dear.

There is really no need to keep waiting because it must take a maximum of about fifteen minutes to continue from Pokesdown Station to either Bournemouth or Christchurch railway Stations where there is no need for lifts and already excellent accessibility. In fact that time is a lot shorter than it takes most local people to reach a railway Station at all.
This alternative only works IF you can get to Bournemouth or Christchurch Station in the first place not everyone has alternative transport like muscliffman and to be honest why would I take the train to Bournemouth or Christchurch if I could drive ? There are a lot of Elderly, Disabled and parents / grandparents with Prams trying to catch trains at Pokesdown who cant because of this Discrimination by Southwest Trains, or is it because the lease on Pokesdown is less that the viable cost to get the already installed lifts overhauled and working? Should it be the Transport Minister or the Disability Minister visiting?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: "Still waiting" Oh dear. There is really no need to keep waiting because it must take a maximum of about fifteen minutes to continue from Pokesdown Station to either Bournemouth or Christchurch railway Stations where there is no need for lifts and already excellent accessibility. In fact that time is a lot shorter than it takes most local people to reach a railway Station at all.[/p][/quote]This alternative only works IF you can get to Bournemouth or Christchurch Station in the first place not everyone has alternative transport like muscliffman and to be honest why would I take the train to Bournemouth or Christchurch if I could drive ? There are a lot of Elderly, Disabled and parents / grandparents with Prams trying to catch trains at Pokesdown who cant because of this Discrimination by Southwest Trains, or is it because the lease on Pokesdown is less that the viable cost to get the already installed lifts overhauled and working? Should it be the Transport Minister or the Disability Minister visiting? oy@Bmth
  • Score: 2

11:45am Wed 23 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Pokesdown is about two or three mins from Bournemouth Central and Christchurch stations, and buses run past both. Claiming that because a single station doesn't have lifts that this is discrimination is absurd. Some older buses don't have wheelchair ramps, so are they discriminatory buses? Replacing lifts is a massive cost that Notwork Fail won't undertake unless the footfall of the station is sufficient to warrant the expense.

Perhaps when rebranding the station 'Pokesdown for Boscombe' to try and cash in on the asinine surf reef, the local council should have given a grant for said lifts to be reinstated rather than hose all of the budget up the wall on a load of useless sandbags that burst and 'surf pods' no-one wanted to buy!
Pokesdown is about two or three mins from Bournemouth Central and Christchurch stations, and buses run past both. Claiming that because a single station doesn't have lifts that this is discrimination is absurd. Some older buses don't have wheelchair ramps, so are they discriminatory buses? Replacing lifts is a massive cost that Notwork Fail won't undertake unless the footfall of the station is sufficient to warrant the expense. Perhaps when rebranding the station 'Pokesdown for Boscombe' to try and cash in on the asinine surf reef, the local council should have given a grant for said lifts to be reinstated rather than hose all of the budget up the wall on a load of useless sandbags that burst and 'surf pods' no-one wanted to buy! speedy231278
  • Score: 7

11:46am Wed 23 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

oy@Bmth wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
"Still waiting" Oh dear.

There is really no need to keep waiting because it must take a maximum of about fifteen minutes to continue from Pokesdown Station to either Bournemouth or Christchurch railway Stations where there is no need for lifts and already excellent accessibility. In fact that time is a lot shorter than it takes most local people to reach a railway Station at all.
This alternative only works IF you can get to Bournemouth or Christchurch Station in the first place not everyone has alternative transport like muscliffman and to be honest why would I take the train to Bournemouth or Christchurch if I could drive ? There are a lot of Elderly, Disabled and parents / grandparents with Prams trying to catch trains at Pokesdown who cant because of this Discrimination by Southwest Trains, or is it because the lease on Pokesdown is less that the viable cost to get the already installed lifts overhauled and working? Should it be the Transport Minister or the Disability Minister visiting?
So, all those hundreds of big yellow and blue things that go past Bournemouth, Pokesdown and Christchurch stations must be Scotch Mist?
[quote][p][bold]oy@Bmth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: "Still waiting" Oh dear. There is really no need to keep waiting because it must take a maximum of about fifteen minutes to continue from Pokesdown Station to either Bournemouth or Christchurch railway Stations where there is no need for lifts and already excellent accessibility. In fact that time is a lot shorter than it takes most local people to reach a railway Station at all.[/p][/quote]This alternative only works IF you can get to Bournemouth or Christchurch Station in the first place not everyone has alternative transport like muscliffman and to be honest why would I take the train to Bournemouth or Christchurch if I could drive ? There are a lot of Elderly, Disabled and parents / grandparents with Prams trying to catch trains at Pokesdown who cant because of this Discrimination by Southwest Trains, or is it because the lease on Pokesdown is less that the viable cost to get the already installed lifts overhauled and working? Should it be the Transport Minister or the Disability Minister visiting?[/p][/quote]So, all those hundreds of big yellow and blue things that go past Bournemouth, Pokesdown and Christchurch stations must be Scotch Mist? speedy231278
  • Score: 7

12:54pm Wed 23 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

oy@Bmth wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
"Still waiting" Oh dear.

There is really no need to keep waiting because it must take a maximum of about fifteen minutes to continue from Pokesdown Station to either Bournemouth or Christchurch railway Stations where there is no need for lifts and already excellent accessibility. In fact that time is a lot shorter than it takes most local people to reach a railway Station at all.
This alternative only works IF you can get to Bournemouth or Christchurch Station in the first place not everyone has alternative transport like muscliffman and to be honest why would I take the train to Bournemouth or Christchurch if I could drive ? There are a lot of Elderly, Disabled and parents / grandparents with Prams trying to catch trains at Pokesdown who cant because of this Discrimination by Southwest Trains, or is it because the lease on Pokesdown is less that the viable cost to get the already installed lifts overhauled and working? Should it be the Transport Minister or the Disability Minister visiting?
What's the matter with the fully accessible buses passing daily through Pokesdown every few minutes heading directly (or indirectly) to either alternative accessible station? That is the only way for many folk to get from Muscliff to a railway station - and compared to many we are lucky to even have that option.

I regret given the obvious and easy alternatives this campaign is both unreasonable and unrealistic.
[quote][p][bold]oy@Bmth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: "Still waiting" Oh dear. There is really no need to keep waiting because it must take a maximum of about fifteen minutes to continue from Pokesdown Station to either Bournemouth or Christchurch railway Stations where there is no need for lifts and already excellent accessibility. In fact that time is a lot shorter than it takes most local people to reach a railway Station at all.[/p][/quote]This alternative only works IF you can get to Bournemouth or Christchurch Station in the first place not everyone has alternative transport like muscliffman and to be honest why would I take the train to Bournemouth or Christchurch if I could drive ? There are a lot of Elderly, Disabled and parents / grandparents with Prams trying to catch trains at Pokesdown who cant because of this Discrimination by Southwest Trains, or is it because the lease on Pokesdown is less that the viable cost to get the already installed lifts overhauled and working? Should it be the Transport Minister or the Disability Minister visiting?[/p][/quote]What's the matter with the fully accessible buses passing daily through Pokesdown every few minutes heading directly (or indirectly) to either alternative accessible station? That is the only way for many folk to get from Muscliff to a railway station - and compared to many we are lucky to even have that option. I regret given the obvious and easy alternatives this campaign is both unreasonable and unrealistic. muscliffman
  • Score: 4

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