Monday, 10 December 2018

MP hands in petition demanding station lifts

A PETITION calling for passenger lifts at Goring station has been handed to Parliament by Henley MP John Howell.

A PETITION calling for passenger lifts at Goring station has been handed to Parliament by Henley MP John Howell.

He presented the document, organised by the Mobility Issues Group for Goring and Streatley, to the House of Commons.

The petition calls for three lifts and a covered walkway, similar to those at Twyford station, to be installed in place of the existing iron footbridge.

Next year, Network Rail is to replace the bridge with a taller one to make way for electric cables. This will cost about £2 million and the company says it cannot afford a further £1.2 million for the lifts. Mr Howell and the mobility group are urging the Department for Transport to fund the project through its Access For All scheme.

The group set out to gather 500 signatures but attracted more than 1,000, about half of whom live in Goring. The remainder either live in neighbouring Streatley or were visitors.

Group chairman John Boler said: “The response to petition far exceeded our expectations and I remain positive about our prospects for success.”

Next month, Mr Howell and the group are to meet train operator First Great Western to discuss the campaign.

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