Closed entrance upsets Streetlifers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 July 2015

Views of Weston Railway Station.

Views of Weston Railway Station.

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THE closure of an entrance to Weston railway station has caused quite a stir on Streetlife this week.

The Mercury reported last week how station operator First Great Western had decided to close the Sunnyside Road entrance, which provides access to platform one of the station, due to ‘antisocial behaviour’.

The entrance closure means platform one and its car park can now only be accessed via a footbridge from platform two, as Weston’s station is not fitted with passenger lifts.

Many Streetlife users are concerned the closure will restrict access to the station for disabled passengers.

Kevin W said: “Once again it appears that instead of solving a problem, inconveniencing the public is the preferred option.”

Inge F said: “I am wondering how it will affect access to that platform for those with walking difficulties, in wheelchairs, or with pushchairs.”

Alan R added: “The lack of a lift is already a problem for my wife as she suffers with arthritic knees. This can only make matters worse for the not so agile.”

Margaret C said: “All the trains going south are on the other side of the main entrance – what happens if my husband wants to use his wheelchair?

“He cannot exactly use his mobility scooter.”

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