1,200 signature petition calling for lifts at station reaches Downing Street

APPEAL:  Campaigners at Pokesdown station

APPEAL: Campaigners at Pokesdown station

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A PETITION with over 1,200 signatures calling for access improvements to Pokesdown Railway Station has been delivered to Downing Street.

Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood, who is backing the campaign, delivered the document to No 10 himself.

Mr Ellwood said he hoped the station, which has not had working lifts for 30 years, would be considered for funding under the government’s Access for All scheme, which finances access improvements.

“I handed in over 1,200 signatures calling for lift upgrades to Pokesdown Station,” he said.

“I hope the Prime Minister will see from the number of signatures that residents are passionate about making this station accessible to all, from elderly and disabled users to young mums with pushchairs.

“I fully support this campaign and am continuing to liaise with ministers at the Department for Transport to rearrange for the new transport minister to come down and visit the station in person.”

A scheduled visit to the station yesterday by former transport minister Stephen Ham-mond was cancelled after he lost this post in the reshuffle.

His replacement in the role, Devizes MP Claire Perry, was unable to meet the appointment. The campaign, launched by Pokesdown Community Forum, is also backed by local businesses, charities and other organisations.

Online the petition now has more than 1,300 signatures, although South West Trains has said the station is not an improvement priority.

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7:44am Tue 29 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

Wonder how many of those who signed, use or would use, the station.
Wonder how many of those who signed, use or would use, the station. pete woodley
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8:47am Tue 29 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Although I regrettably believe this to be a slightly ridiculous campaign by a handful of 'IMBYS' who already have very reasonable alternatives, they may care to ask the MP if the UK Government could spare any money for their project from the £700miilion (plus) contribution it is reportedly planning to spend under an EU aid directive improving the Railway infrastructure......
.......in Romania!
Although I regrettably believe this to be a slightly ridiculous campaign by a handful of 'IMBYS' who already have very reasonable alternatives, they may care to ask the MP if the UK Government could spare any money for their project from the £700miilion (plus) contribution it is reportedly planning to spend under an EU aid directive improving the Railway infrastructure...... .......in Romania! muscliffman
  • Score: 2

9:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

bobthedestroyer says...

No working lifts for 30 years! That is an embarrassing state of affairs. It is so annoying that we have to keep sending money to Brussels at the expense of our own infrastructure.

Another classic example of successive governments doing everything they can to stop people using cars....not! The lifts shouldn't just be for the disabled they should be available for families with buggies and to people with luggage. How do people who need assistance manage when the station is unmanned? Fundamentally they want to close the station and sell to a developer no doubt.
No working lifts for 30 years! That is an embarrassing state of affairs. It is so annoying that we have to keep sending money to Brussels at the expense of our own infrastructure. Another classic example of successive governments doing everything they can to stop people using cars....not! The lifts shouldn't just be for the disabled they should be available for families with buggies and to people with luggage. How do people who need assistance manage when the station is unmanned? Fundamentally they want to close the station and sell to a developer no doubt. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: -2

9:28am Tue 29 Jul 14

MCAME1989 says...

They should also think about putting something at branksome station too!
Neither side has access for disabled or buggies!
They should also think about putting something at branksome station too! Neither side has access for disabled or buggies! MCAME1989
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10:17am Tue 29 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

MCAME1989 wrote:
They should also think about putting something at branksome station too!
Neither side has access for disabled or buggies!
Why? There already are disabled and buggy facilities for potential rail passengers who may require them near to Branksome Station which have quite recently been provided at great public expense.

Regular fully accessible modern buses from recently installed accessible bus stops run from Branksome linking to a choice of nearby alternative and fully accessible Railway Stations.
[quote][p][bold]MCAME1989[/bold] wrote: They should also think about putting something at branksome station too! Neither side has access for disabled or buggies![/p][/quote]Why? There already are disabled and buggy facilities for potential rail passengers who may require them near to Branksome Station which have quite recently been provided at great public expense. Regular fully accessible modern buses from recently installed accessible bus stops run from Branksome linking to a choice of nearby alternative and fully accessible Railway Stations. muscliffman
  • Score: 1

11:04am Tue 29 Jul 14

Azphreal says...

muscliffman wrote:
MCAME1989 wrote:
They should also think about putting something at branksome station too!
Neither side has access for disabled or buggies!
Why? There already are disabled and buggy facilities for potential rail passengers who may require them near to Branksome Station which have quite recently been provided at great public expense.

Regular fully accessible modern buses from recently installed accessible bus stops run from Branksome linking to a choice of nearby alternative and fully accessible Railway Stations.
So is their post about access to the station or access AT the station?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MCAME1989[/bold] wrote: They should also think about putting something at branksome station too! Neither side has access for disabled or buggies![/p][/quote]Why? There already are disabled and buggy facilities for potential rail passengers who may require them near to Branksome Station which have quite recently been provided at great public expense. Regular fully accessible modern buses from recently installed accessible bus stops run from Branksome linking to a choice of nearby alternative and fully accessible Railway Stations.[/p][/quote]So is their post about access to the station or access AT the station? Azphreal
  • Score: 0

11:47am Tue 29 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Azphreal wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
MCAME1989 wrote:
They should also think about putting something at branksome station too!
Neither side has access for disabled or buggies!
Why? There already are disabled and buggy facilities for potential rail passengers who may require them near to Branksome Station which have quite recently been provided at great public expense.

Regular fully accessible modern buses from recently installed accessible bus stops run from Branksome linking to a choice of nearby alternative and fully accessible Railway Stations.
So is their post about access to the station or access AT the station?
The difference being what please?

Because the point is that anybody who may wish to use a train from the Branksome (or Pokesdown) area and needs the use of accessibility facilities at a railway Station is already well provided for, just not right on their doorstep - and of course most of us train users don't have a local Station at all!
[quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MCAME1989[/bold] wrote: They should also think about putting something at branksome station too! Neither side has access for disabled or buggies![/p][/quote]Why? There already are disabled and buggy facilities for potential rail passengers who may require them near to Branksome Station which have quite recently been provided at great public expense. Regular fully accessible modern buses from recently installed accessible bus stops run from Branksome linking to a choice of nearby alternative and fully accessible Railway Stations.[/p][/quote]So is their post about access to the station or access AT the station?[/p][/quote]The difference being what please? Because the point is that anybody who may wish to use a train from the Branksome (or Pokesdown) area and needs the use of accessibility facilities at a railway Station is already well provided for, just not right on their doorstep - and of course most of us train users don't have a local Station at all! muscliffman
  • Score: -1

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