Council: Trains are key to regeneration so disabled access is vital (From Harwich and Manningtree Standard)
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Council: Trains key to regeneration so disabled access at Manningtree Railway is vital
DISTRICT leaders have made a call for disabled access to train stations adding the rail network is key to regeneration.
Tendring Council officially agreed to lobby for improved access at Manningtree train station at its cabinet meeting on Wednesday, January 23.
Wheelchair users have been stuck on trains or stranded on platforms when arriving at unmanned stations across the district.
Tendring’s regeneration boss Sarah Candy said: “The road and rail network are key to regeneration and inward investment in this district.
“We have a wonderful district and want to make sure it is accessible for all.”
The cabinet agreed to lobby for better access at all stations, particularly at Manningtree and Kirby Cross.
A Greater Anglia spokesperson said it was trying to secure cash from the Government-funded Access for All scheme and had drawn up initial ideas with Network Rail.