To grant step-free access for all at Ash Vale station
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Ash Vale train station provides transport to thousands of local people each week. It provides very direct access to London Waterloo and is therefore a very busy and popular starting point for commuters.
I am one of these commuters who use this station daily.
It also provides the quickest and most direct route for locals to destinations such as Woking, Camberley and Ascot.
The train station has four flights of stairs and does not have a lift, ramp or any form of access for wheelchair users to access trains from this station.
Wheelchair users must therefore use alternative stations to make journeys which could be much quicker if made from Ash Vale.
A wheelchair user who wished to travel to London Waterloo would have to travel up to two miles to a station with an accessible platform e.g. North Camp or Ash. This could add 30min to their journey.
Elderly people and those with mobility problems are also impacted and are unable to access trains at this station due to lack of a lift or ramp.
Parents (like myself) with young children struggle to get their prams up three flights of stairs at this station. This is very inconvenient as well as dangerous, especially in slippery conditions. Parents often have to rely on the goodwill of others to help them carry their prams up the stairs to the platform.
This is simply not acceptable. It is discrimination against disabled people and access should be granted urgently. The Equality Act states that premises should make reasonable adjustments to enable access for disabled people: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/section/36
How access is granted e.g a lift or ramp can be for Network Rail to decide. It just needs to be granted and it needs to granted urgently. If you agree please show your support by signing this petition.
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