Disabled travellers' boost as £2m station lifts scheme is completed

Basildon Recorder: MP John Barron performs the opening, watched by c2c managing director Julian Drury and station manager Paul Bassett MP John Barron performs the opening, watched by c2c managing director Julian Drury and station manager Paul Bassett

DISABLED passengers, mums with pushchairs and elderly travellers who struggle to walk now have better access to Laindon Station.

Two lifts have been installed to provide step-free access to the London-bound platform for the first time.

The £2million scheme, including a new footbridge off Station Approach, has been funded through the Goverment’s Access to All programme, which aims to make the railway more user friendly for mobility-impaired passengers.

Disabled groups have long campaigned for lifts at the station, which had been off limits to people in wheelchairs and parents with pushchairs wishing to use the London-bound track.

Billericay and Basildon MP John Baron , who helped to get the lifts, said: “They will make a real and positive difference.”

Mum of two Louise Shaw, 37, of Kings Road, Laindon said: “I always stayed clear of Laindon and used Basildon station if I was travelling alone because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get my pushchair up the footbridge. These lifts have been a long time coming, but it’s great news.”

Julian Drury, managing director of c2c, which operates the Southend to London line, said: “The lifts are the latest in a series of upgrades to our stations and I know they will prove a popular addition with customers.”

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12:13am Wed 8 Aug 12

Trainman says...

WHY get an MP to 'Open' the lifts, WHEN a disabled person would have appreciated even being asked?

Hey John, did you once live in Buller Road. Laindon, and have a sister and two brothers, before moving out of the area????
WHY get an MP to 'Open' the lifts, WHEN a disabled person would have appreciated even being asked? Hey John, did you once live in Buller Road. Laindon, and have a sister and two brothers, before moving out of the area???? Trainman

11:43am Wed 8 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

isn't Wickford nearer for them?
isn't Wickford nearer for them? The Cater Wood Creeper

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