A leading town councillor is urging local residents to back his petition over inadequate facilities for people with disabilities at Selby Station.
Councillor Gavin Harding is calling on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to intervene over a lack of lifts and other accessibility equipment that make the station unusable by passengers unable to use stairs during unmanned hours.
At present, staff are required escort wheelchair and mobility aid users between platforms using the station's 'barrow crossing'. This involves staff leading passengers down a ramp at the platform edge and over the tracks to the other side.
Crucially, access to and from platforms 2 and 3 is effectively severed when the station's ticket office closes.
Passengers whose train arrives or departs from those platforms after hours are often forced to travel miles out of their way, just to traverse the few meters between platforms.
Highlighting this in his petition, Cllr. Harding said, "If you arrive [in Selby] from Hull on platform 2, after the booking office is closed, [people with disabilities] have to travel and change at Leeds station (where there are lifts) to catch a train back to Selby to land on the right side on platform 1"
Responding to the petition, Graham Meiklejohn, Regional Development Manager for TransPennine Express, who run Selby Station, said, “The installation of lifts at Selby station is a key priority for TPE, partners and our customers, but is dependent on funding becoming available. We are in discussions with a range of stakeholders to try and develop a financial package while exploring any available Government funding route in order to deliver lifts in the shortest time frame possible.”
A spokesperson for Network Rail added, “We are currently working on the development of potential infrastructure options for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, which includes Selby station, and will submit these options to the Department for Transport (DfT) for consideration in December.”
Cllr. Harding's petition can be found on the change.org website.