Earley station bridge - urgent action required

Earley station bridge - urgent action required

Mike Smith, Earley Liberal Democrat Town Councillor and candidate for Maiden Erlegh Ward in the May 2021 elections says, “It can be very difficult if you are physically disabled or use a pushchair with young children and want to travel by train to London from Earley. We must sort this out.”

One resident recently wrote on Facebook, “My late husband was wheel-chair bound for the last three years of his life – to get to London we had to get on the train to Reading and then wait 30 minutes on the stationary train to go to London Waterloo (via Earley)!”

Mike Smith added, “A year ago I asked the Department of Transport their plans for ramp access to the London bound platform. They passed me to Network Rail, who referred me to Wokingham Borough Council.” 

“The existing WBC - owned foot bridge could be modified, but is in a very poor state.”  Another resident has said on Facebook, ‘… as someone that’s been building and repairing bridges on motorways and major trunk roads for the last 30 years, that’s the worst one I’ve seen.’

Mike says, “At WBC Council meetings in June and again last week, I asked what WBC was doing on these issues.  Council Leader Cllr. John Halsall replied that a bridge replacement is in detailed design stage and that Network Rail had ‘no interest in a collaboration at this time’ to provide disabled access. A replacement timescale was not indicated.  These answers are not acceptable, so I will continue to lobby for improvements that will provide safe access to this platform for all users.” 





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