Dem calls for improvements to Highbridge railway station access
Highbridge resident who is standing in next week's by-election
in the town says more should be done to improve disabled access,
plus overcrowded trains and services from the town's railway station.
Democrat Victoria Weavell - who is standing against the Conservatives'
candidate Terry Dommett in the council by-election
in Highbridge on November 12th issued a rallying call for
Victoria Weavell, the Liberal Democrat candidate, said: "This
is a long running issue which both I and Tessa Munt raised with
Network Rail at the time the present footbridge was being installed,
"On every occasion, Network Rail have said that it was
not possible to install a ramp rather than steps as the platforms
were not long enough."
"Whilst recognising that it is a large inconvenience to
people of limited mobility, families with pushchairs - like myself
- and the disabled, it seems that unless the platform is lengthened
- an expensive process - a ramp such as that at Worle station
is not possible in Highbridge."
She added: "In addition to continuing to put pressure on
Network Rail to resolve this issue, it is important to address
with First Great Western the problems with the services from Highbridge
to Taunton and Bristol."
"Many trains are run with only two carriages and, daily,
we are seeing dangerous overcrowding. Many passengers have expressed
anger that this has not been resolved. As part of the regeneration
of Highbridge I would like to see a general improvement in rail
services from the station - and better co-ordination with the