FULL STEAM AHEAD AS CHEADLE HULME RAILWAY STATION IS OPENED TO ALL

August 8, 2011 1:32 PM
Local MP Mark Hunter alongside Cheadle Hulme South councillors Lenny Grice and Stuart Bodsworth

Local MP Mark Hunter alongside Cheadle Hulme South councillors Lenny Grice and Stuart Bodsworth

Today, 2nd August 2011, a new state of the art footbridge equipped with three lifts was revealed at Cheadle Hulme Railway Station. Local MP Mark Hunter was on hand after being invited by Network Rail as a special guest alongside Cheadle Hulme South councillors Lenny Grice and Stuart Bodsworth to its official opening and was one of the first to inspect the work that has been carried out.

The installation follows years of campaigning for disabled access at the Station by Mark, local councillors and the Cheadle & District Rail Users Group. The new bridge and lifts will mean that all four platforms at the station are fully accessible for mobility impaired passengers, and also that the burden on people with buggies and heavy luggage will be reduced.

Cheadle Hulme Railway now expects to see a further increase in passenger numbers - already used for over half a million journeys every year!

Commenting, Mark said:

"165 years after its creation, Cheadle Hulme Railway Station is finally open to mobility impaired users.

"It has been a long battle to get this work done, but I am delighted that the Station finally meets 21st Century standards and that passengers can benefit from this additional access.

"It is simply unacceptable in this day and age to have a public service that cannot be accessed by wheelchair users - we have fought locally for this Station improvement for many years and this is a truly welcome development.

"I will continue to work alongside Network Rail and push for further improvements to make sure our local train stations are in tip-top condition!"

Commenting, Network Rail route director Jo Kaye said:

"This is fantastic news for everyone who uses the station but more importantly for those passengers that have been unable to travel by train because they cannot manage the stairs for whatever reason."

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