calls for upgrade of Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station
MP James Heappey has this week called on Network Rail to make
improvements to Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station.
follows the release of official new government figures that show
over the past year an extra 21,500 passengers used Highbridge
and Burnham station, an increase of 13% and over nine times the
Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These figures are very
encouraging and highlight the growing role that Highbridge and
Burnham Station has to play in supporting both local businesses
and residents who commute to work or college elsewhere. I am certain
that with the right improvements, passenger numbers could grow
significantly in the future."
MP has visited the station this week with officials from Network
Rail to show them how further improvements are needed.
wanted to show Network Rail the current issues with both access
and car parking which limit the number of passengers who can access
the station," he said.
arrangements for step-free access are a real concern and need
to be addressed. So too are there opportunities to improve the
amount of car parking and for making sure that there is pedestrian
access to the station directly from the new Brue Farm development.
I was pleased that Network Rail could see the faults and the opportunities
for improving our station."
Burnell, Senior Communications Manager for Network Rail, responded:
"We take very seriously the concerns of local residents and
so when James wrote to us and then invited us down to see the
issues first hand we were keen to oblige. Having seen the problems
first hand I am hopeful that a solution can be found and I will
be working with James and the local authorities to see how the
improvements might be made."
Heappey has also been talking to the train operators about possible
improvements to the timetable at Highbridge and Burnham station.
is currently too much of a difference between the journey time
to Bristol from Worle or Yatton and Highbridge. This means that
many people from the villages around Highbridge are driving to
stations the other side of Weston to catch their train or just
commuting all the way by car," said the MP.
connection to Bridgwater and Taunton is good but it would be great
if some peak time trains coming up from Exeter to Bristol could
stay on the mainline and skip Weston and Weston Milton. That would
mean that Highbridge to Temple Meads would be just 35 minutes.
Once the mainline from Bristol is electrified, this would also
mean it is possible to get from Highbridge to London Paddington
in around two hours."
steps into by-election debate over Highbridge rail station access
Office of Rail and Road's (ORR) data on railway and station usage