Stroud Town Council is bidding for a share of £300 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve access at Stroud Railway Station.
It needs people to back its campaign in order to secure a nomination for the money.
During the consultation for the town’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, over 2,500 people prioritised a step-free crossing at the station.
The Town Council asked Disability Auditor Christian Drewitt to review Stroud station.
“My experience from start to finish was very poor,” said Christian in his report.
During his train journey from Cheltenham to Stroud, GWR staff put Christian, who uses a wheelchair, in a carriage that did not stop by the platform at Stroud. So he had to travel to Swindon and back again – adding two hours to his journey.
His return journey was not much better and his assistant had to remonstrate with train staff to get help boarding the train.
The only way wheelchair users can get from one platform to another is via Rowcroft – a 10-15 minute detour. Christian said the route is not clearly sign-posted. He also recommends that lifts be installed to enable disabled passengers to use the footbridge.
Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said Christian’s experience shows that Stroud needs a slice of the funding to make the station more accessible for all.
“We knew the station did not work for people in wheelchairs, but Christian’s report shows that the current arrangements are completely inadequate. The failure of assistance just adds insult to injury,” said Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
He added: “Lifts would also help anyone with a toddler in a buggy, or heavy luggage or anyone who just can’t manage steps.”
In order to ensure Stroud is nominated for funding, please sign a petition on https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/let-s-have-lifts-at-stroud-station-1. It can be signed by individuals, groups and businesses or letters of support can be sent to the Town Council.
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