FABRICANT RAISES DISABLED ACCESS AT LICHFIELD TRENT VALLEY IN PARLIAMENTARY STATEMENT ON WEST COAST MAIN LINE FRANCHISE
In a Statement in the House of Commons today (Monday 15th October) on the future of the West Coast Main Line rail contract, Michael Fabricant again raised the issue of disabled access at Lichfield Trent Valley Railway station. Hansard reports Michael Fabricant asking the Secretary of State:-
“Can my right honourable Friend, who is sorely missed as Chief Whip, assure my constituents that services will not be damaged by these changes and that stations such as Lichfield Trent Valley, which are badly in need of improvements for disabled access, will not have new works delayed as a consequence?”
Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport, replied: “I hope we see no delays in investments as a result, and I am always grateful to my honourable Friend”
Michael Fabricant now says: “Disabled access at Lichfield Trent Valley railway station is a disgrace. Apart from access to the line north to Crewe, it is non-existent. If you are wheel chair bound, it is impossible to travel east to Lichfield City and Birmingham or down to London from this station. This was just a brief mention. I intend to keep raising this matter in the Commons until the problem is addressed and rectified”.