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Time To Get Bedfordshire Stations On Track For Disabled Passengers

Bedfordshire Stations Speech

The work of Bedfordshire Rail Access Network has been highlighted in the European Parliament.

In a debate about disability accessibility, Euro MP Alex Mayer spoke about the local campaign to get step free access at Leagrave, Flitwick, Biggleswade and Harlington stations.

The Labour MEP said in the Chamber, "Ironically while all train carriages will have to be accessible by 1st January 2020, there are not any plans to make four of the five Bedfordshire stations, accessible. How exactly will a disabled Biggleswade passenger benefit from the accessible trains if they can't get to the platform?!"

"The Department of Transport has stated that for every £1 spent on access improvements £2.90 is returned in economic benefits. It's the right thing to do and makes economic sense too. So let's do it."

Luton is earmarked for disability accessibility improvements in 2019/20 but there no no plans for step free access at the other stations.

A petition has been set up calling for urgent improvements which currently has 5,288 signatures at: https://www.change.org/o/bedfordshire_rail_action_network

 

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