Plans to improve disabled access at railway station

Published date: 10 December 2013 |
Published by: Emily Davies 
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NATIONAL Rail has unveiled plans for wheelchair and pushchair access at Chirk Railway Station.
The estimated £1.4 million ‘Access for All’ steel structure will sweep across the busy Shrewsbury to Chester line, enabling all users to access the north-bound carriageway for the first time via a ramp and footbridge.
The national firm submitted the elevations to Wrexham County Borough Council last week, a year after the Welsh Government confirmed it would provide £700,000 to be match-funded by the North Wales Transport and Travel Planning organisation, Taith.
If approved work will begin in January 2014 and is expected to take around six months to complete.

Councillor for Chirk North, Ian Roberts, said he was “very pleased” at the news.
He continued: “With all the savings that everyone is dealing with we are ecstatic that this is coming to fruition.
“Between all of us we have been fighting for this footbridge for a long time, but now it seems to be going ahead which is great.”
The bridge will include a ramp and stairs on both sides of the line and will be painted green and cream to remain in keeping with its surroundings.
Cllr Roberts said the structure would not only benefit residents, but could provide a tourism boost to the town, adding: “At the moment there is no chance of getting anyone disabled over that line. But this will give us more visitors and also benefit the people of Chirk, rather than them having to go to Wrexham or Gobowen to then travel back to the town.”
Christine Ashford, from the Friends of Chirk Station adoption group, said they were “over the moon”.
She added: “We have been campaigning for such a long time and it has been along process, but we are very, very pleased.
“It is long overdue, but it is arriving and all this is because of the people who have done the lobbying for it.”

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