MP's backing for Mirfield station access bid

Originally posted in: Huddersfield Daily Examiner, here

A campaign to get disabled access at Mirfield train station has been backed by a transport MP.

Shadow Transport Secretary and Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has joined a call for urgent action to be taken to provide wheelchair access to the eastbound platform.

The busy route to Leeds is only accessible up a steep stairway from Station Road.

Paula Sherriff, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Mirfield, said: “At the moment we have the ridiculous situation where an elderly person or disabled person or parent with a pram can get on a train to Huddersfield or Manchester, but can’t come back because once they get off the train onto the eastbound platform they’d be stranded.

“This also obviously means it’s impossible for them to travel eastwards on the line at all – it’s not good enough and it has to change.”

Campaign leader, Michael Hutchinson, said: “It is frankly a disgrace that in 2014 we still have a station which is inaccessible to anyone with mobility issues.

“We have put forward two deliverable and practical options to solve this to Metro – one a proposal to install a ramp to the existing eastbound platform, the other to construct a new platform slightly further along the line where a car park and easy access for disabled people would be possible.

“We’ll continue campaigning hard on this issue until it’s resolved.”

Mary Creagh, said: “I have tabled parliamentary questions on disabled access to stations and I will be expecting answers from the Transport Secretary.

“Amazingly, Mirfield is one of dozens of stations with no provision for people with disabilities or parents with buggies.

“So I fully back this campaign and will continue to put pressure on the government to take action on this issue.”