Pressure is on to provide disabled access at Manningtree train station

LEADERS have vowed to lobby train operators to help disabled passengers who feel forced to take dangerous routes to their trains.

Wheelchair users at Manningtree train station have been known to be carried over rail tracks or down subway steps to reach their train.

An underpass with steep narrow stairs is the only access between platforms for passengers leaving or joining the London to Norwich route, or transferring from the Mayflower Line. Disabled passengers, parents with prams, or tourists with large suitcases must call ahead to organise a ramp to be laid down, or ask for a station worker to escort them across tracks.

A Tendring Council report has recommended the Cabinet agree to lobby Greater Anglia for proper access for disabled at the station.

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: "We are continuing to work with our partners including Bernard Jenkin MP to try and secure future DfT 'Access for All' funding to facilitate accessibility improvements at Manningtree station."

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5:44pm Wed 23 Jan 13

skinnr says...

The Manningtree Rail Users Association has been campaigning for better disabled access at the station for some considerable time. It is good to note that the authorities are at last taking an interest.
The Manningtree Rail Users Association has been campaigning for better disabled access at the station for some considerable time. It is good to note that the authorities are at last taking an interest. skinnr

9:57pm Wed 23 Jan 13

janner7 says...

How degrading that on occasions disabled people have to be carried down the subway steps to access the far platform. Greater Anglia, this needs sorting out ASAP. Manningtree Rail Users Association keep up the pressure!
How degrading that on occasions disabled people have to be carried down the subway steps to access the far platform. Greater Anglia, this needs sorting out ASAP. Manningtree Rail Users Association keep up the pressure! janner7

12:29am Fri 25 Jan 13

spoons25751 says...

All though this is an ongoing problem, it wasn't so bad when the trains went to and from London from Harwich. There was no need to change at Manningtree. Bring back direct trains and most of the problems will be solved.
All though this is an ongoing problem, it wasn't so bad when the trains went to and from London from Harwich. There was no need to change at Manningtree. Bring back direct trains and most of the problems will be solved. spoons25751

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