Abingdon’s MP Layla Moran has expressed her disappointment after it was revealed in Parliament that Radley station serving the town won’t receive Government cash to make sure both platforms have step-free access.
The Liberal Democrat MP said she would be lobbying for the station to be included in future upgrade programmes, as well as campaigning to improve cycle routes and cycling facilities in a bid to make the station a ‘cycling parkway’ commuter hub.
£300 million is being made available by the Department for Transport to make railway stations accessible for disabled people as part of the ‘Access for All’ programme.
But it was revealed in the House of Commons that Radley was not on the shortlist for cash.
Responding to a Parliamentary question from Layla Moran, Government Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani said that “Radley was not nominated and so will not be assessed for inclusion in the Access for All programme”.
There is ramped access from the station car park to the Oxford-bound platform, but those disabled passengers needing to travel towards Didcot are asked to go north to Oxford, change platforms there and then re-trace their journey back through Radley in the other direction.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:
“It is a real disappointment that Radley isn’t on the shortlist for this funding to make more railway stations fully accessible - especially as more and more people are using the station.
“Official statistics show a huge rise in the number of people using the station – from 85,000 in 2010/11 up to 145,000 in 2016/17.
“We need to make sure that everyone in Radley, Abingdon and the surrounding areas are able to access rail services from both platforms. I’ll be keeping up the fight for full step-free access at the station.
“I’d also like to see Radley station become a ‘cycling parkway’ station and will be campaigning for decent cycle parking and links between the railway and new housing developments in Abingdon in order to create a commuter rail route into Oxford and beyond.”