over mobility access as new rail bridge opens in Highbridge
Rail has this week come under attack for building a new footbridge
at Highbridge Railway Station without introducing access for disabled
and elderly travellers.
old concrete footbridge was removed on Sunday (December 1st),
as we featured here,
as part of a Network Rail modernisation project.
local resident Terry Temlett, right, says he is angry that
no provision for acccess ramps has been made.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I feel aggrieved that a ludicrous
amount of money has been spent on building this new bridge without
accessibility being improved."
"This is a big opportunity to have missed. It's very unusual
not to have ramped access on footbridges these days."
"Back in April, I spoke to the contractors who told me there
was no room for access ramps at this station. I took this up with
the Town Council and our MP to ask them to push for a re-think,
but I never got a satisfactory response."
"While installing a lift is not possible at Highbridge,
I feel there's definitely enough room for access ramps for the
elderly and wheelchair users, who currently have to take a long
detour out of the station and over the road bridge to cross the
tracks. I fear we'll now be stuck with this footbridge for the
next 100 years."
of the new footbridge will have to walk over because there are
old footbridge over the tracks, seen here, was removed on Sunday
old bridge was removed on Sunday - see
photos of the whole operation here