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Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Sunday, 07 April 2019 11:58

Ledbury station will soon be the only station in the south-west Midlands (according to this recent written statement to Parliament dated 4th April 2019) that does not have step-free access to all its platforms.  The photo (right - courtesy Wikipædia), showing the only access to the Birmingham / London platform, was taken in 2008.  Nothing has changed since, except the bridge has been repainted!

We sent the following message to the North Herefordshire Tories via their website:

Dear Mr. Wiggin,

You might be aware that 73 railway stations are scheduled to receive funding to provide access for everyone to all platforms:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/access-for-all-73-stations-set-to-benefit-from-additional-funding?fbclid=IwAR3PflWvOsVyQyc2cqBU1FMgqELAlV9p5lo5IO9_aVdMqCtxdr3dSi5vSLE

Ledbury station is not on this list, despite the eastbound platform falling foul of the Disability Discrimination Act ever since it became a legal requirement in 2004 for service providers to make 'reasonable adjustments' in relation to the physical features of their premises to overcome physical barriers to access.  It is not just disabled people who are disadvantaged: mothers with baby buggies, cyclists with heavy panniers and everyone with heavy luggage are also affected.  I note the last other station in this area without such access, namely Worcester Shrub Hill, has been included.

Why is Ledbury station not on the list?

Update: to which we received the following reply:

“Thank you for your correspondence regarding Ledbury station.

On 4 April the Department of Transport published the disappointing news that Ledbury Station has not qualified under this round of the Access for All scheme.

I have spoken to the Department for Transport, who have told me that 300 nominations were considered for 73 places and that unfortunately Ledbury did not score highly enough on this occasion.  Selection criteria included the level of local disability, footfall, usage, and value for money of the proposed works.

Whilst the next round of Access for All nominations will not take place until 2024, there is a much more positive note.

Today the Department announced that £20 million will be allocated to re-launch the Mid-Tier Access for All programme.  This aims to provide smaller scale accessibility improvements to stations which can be delivered using £250,000 to £1 million of Government funding.

The Department for Transport will be seeking Mid-Tier nominations in due course and I very much hope that Ledbury station will be considered.

I have been campaigning for this and will never give up until we have access for all people at Ledbury Station.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me on this very important matter and I am on standby if I can be of any further assistance.

Yours sincerely” (etc. etc.)

One reason why “footfall” has not reached “selection criteria” could be infrequency of the train service(!?!)  As for “level of local disability” - any such level requires compliance with the DDA.

This Act went on the statute books in 1995, giving 9 years for compliance.  Yet another 15 years further down the line (excuse the pun) Ledbury is still being fobbed off....

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 11:58