After a six year campaign, one of the least accessible railway stations in Merseyside is finally being included in a bid by Merseytravel for improvement works.
Wallasey Village Station is accessible only by two flights of stairs, forcing elderly and disabled residents, or parents with prams and buggies to travel to other stations on the network.
In 2017, local councillors invited then Rail Minister, Paul Maynard MP, to see the station for himself.
Following that visit, he urged Merseytravel to apply for a share of the national ‘Access for All’ money for station improvements. Since the fund was launched by the Government, more than 200 stations have been made ‘step free’ – with lifts or ramps.
Now, Merseytravel has agreed that Wallasey Village Station meets the Department for Transport’s Access for All criteria, taking into account a number of factors including proximity to essential services such as large schools, passenger numbers and census data of the local population.
Councillor Ian Lewis (Conservative, Wallasey Ward) said: “Thank you to Merseytravel for agreeing, at last, to include Wallasey Village station in it’s bid for a share of the national £300 million fund.
“This station is one of the least accessible on the Merseyrail network – causing inconvenience to residents and potential rail users, including the elderly, disabled and people with prams.
“The next step will see the bid assessed by the Department for Transport and Councillors Lesley Rennie, Paul Hayes and myself will be writing to the new Secretary of State for Transport, Anne Marie Trevelyan, to support the bid for Wallasey Village Station to get the lifts it so desperately needs.”
Improving accessibility at stations will also support the introduction of the city region’s state-of-the-art trains, with their sliding step technology to improve access, which are due to be phased into service from later this year.