Barbara Keeley was left disappointed when the secretary of state couldn’t confirm that he would be giving Andy Burnham the powers and funding to improve Greater Manchester stations.
She said: “50% of rail stations in Greater Manchester are inaccessible to people with a disability and I hope the transport secretary agrees that is unacceptable.
“On the face of it these plans appear to do little to improve accessibility, so can he confirm he will be giving our regional Mayor Andy Burnham the funding and powers he needs to control and improve stations as they do in London?”
Unfortunately, the secretary of state was unable to confirm this.
Irlam was included among the 73 stations that would be given funding to improve accessibility.
Replying to a concerned Facebook user regarding the funding, Keeley said: “As I understand it Irlam is in a group of stations granted funding for accessibility improvements but the end date for the work is March 2024 why so long?
“Agree – it should be a priority to do the accessibility work at Irlam and Walkden stations.”
Walkden railway station was given funds to improve accessibility at the station but commuters are still waiting for the lift to be installed that was mentioned in the plans.
Keeley added on her Facebook post: “We need more power devolved locally to improve our local train stations
“Half of all train stations in Greater Manchester are inaccessible, meaning that disabled people, older people and those with prams are unable to use the railway network.”
Another concerned Facebook user commented: “Quite frankly, if this Government is serious about reducing road emissions, then the accessibility of train stations for the public, is paramount.”
You can follow the post on Barbara Keeley’s Facebook page here