Letter: Access must be improved at Mirfield Station

Good news! An increase in the number of superb Grand Central trains stopping daily at Mirfield Station, Platform One. Hats off to Coun. Bolt.

There is only one piece of news that would top that for me and many other train users, ‘Hassle Free Access’ to the London/Leeds/ Wakefield platform.

There are 29 steps to reach it, not a lift, nor a ramp in sight. If you are disabled, with or without luggage, a parent with shopping, a pushchair, a toddler/baby, or a rather creaky senior citizen who struggles with steps, you hope against hope you meet a kindly fellow traveller who will give you a hand, often the scenario but by no means guarantee-able so reaching the platform is really very difficult and for some well nigh impossible.

Please Coun Bolt whilst you’re pushing for parking to be improved at the station, could you bend a few ears about this matter.

Just to add ammunition to the argument for the very real need for a lift up to this much used Platform One, I can tell you that at my small chapel we had to raise several thousand pounds in order to install disabled access, a legal requirement, we were told, for any facility used by the public.

Judith Slawinski

St Paul’s Road

Mirfield