Monday, 4 July 2011

Cllr Elliott to highlight lack of disabled access at Whitton Station

At Tuesday’s Council [5th July] Cllr Elliott will be raising the issue of lack of investment and disabled access at Whitton station.

As a regular commuter I am acutely aware of the tired and run down state of Whitton Station. With scant investment from Network Rail and SouthWest Trains the station is a sorry sight for the users of the station and for people arriving at the station. While it is currently being prepared for station lengthening Cllr Elliott urges the Council to work with Network Rail and South West Trains to urgently prioritise funding for the upgrade or refurbishment of the station. While Twickenham station is awaiting plans for a complete rebuild and Hounslow station recently received a £400,000 upgrade it is now time for Whitton station, especially now that Whitton’s town centre is being uplifted as part of the Council’s regeneration strategy.

However, of more pressing concern is the complete lack of disability access at the station. Two local residents have written to me complaining that the station is completely inaccessible to the elderly and disabled with only step access to the platforms. This must be looked at as a matter of urgency and Cllr Elliott will be working with the Council to ensure that Network Rail and SouthWest Trains consider this.