Crippen looks at the access problems of Kidderminster railway station / 14 February 2010
Members of Disability Action Wyre Forest (DAWF) are angry at the fact that the lifts to the recently built footbridge at Kidderminster Railway Station are only open between 6am and 7pm, effectively creating a curfew for Disabled travellers.
This is due to “safety issues” a spokesperson for the station explained: “When there is no staff at the station (when the booking office is closed) the lifts aren’t in use. This is in case anybody got trapped in the lifts if they happened to malfunction and there was no-one there to help them.”
Mark Lawley, Disabled activist and DAWF Chair say visits to the station are made “very difficult” and are “causing major problems” for Disabled passengers. He explained that if someone with mobility problems arrived at the station on the Worcester-bound platform in the evening not knowing the lift was closed, they would be “stuck”.
He added: “It doesn’t encourage people to use the train if they are going to find it difficult to get off the platform when they get to the station.”
Ironically, the long-awaited bridge, unveiled last spring, was intended to improve disabled access at the station.
“We were delighted when the lift first opened and we presumed it would be opened 24/7,” Mr Lawley added. “It feels like this is one step forward and three steps back now.”
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