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Greenwood MP, the Mayor of Wirral Cllr Tony Smith and members of Hoylake and
Meols in Bloom attended the opening of the passenger lifts at Meols Station on
Station has long been the source of complaints by rail users for the lack of
accessibility for people with mobility issues and those with children in prams
or buggies. Margaret Greenwood has lobbied for several years on behalf of local
people for the lifts to be installed.
installed the pair of lifts as part of a £2.2m scheme funded by the Department
for Transport (DfT) Access for All programme. These lifts will ensure that more
people with access needs are able to use the station.
also plan to roll out a fleet of fully accessible trains later this year.
celebrate the installation of the lifts, Merseyrail organised an official
opening at the station, inviting public officials and members of the community
who have been active in the campaign to make the station more accessible.
joined Wendy Skelland and other members of Friends of Hoylake and Meols in
Bloom, Wirral Mayor Cllr Tony Smith, Merseyrail Managing Director Andy Heath
and Cllr Gordan Friel to officially open the lifts.
was delighted to play my part in the opening of the new lifts at Meols Station.
in Meols have lobbied for years for better access at the station and it is
fantastic that their hard work has paid off.
the lifts were installed, many passengers with mobility issues, and those with
prams or buggies, were unable to alight a West Kirby bound train at Meols
Station. They instead had to travel all the way to West Kirby and come back on
themselves just to be able to leave the platform, adding unnecessary time and
inconvenience to their journey.
the lifts have been installed, more people will be able to travel by train to
and from Meols. This is going to make a real difference to a lot of people.”
Merseyrail offers an assisted travel service
for customers who need help when travelling. The service can be contacted via
the Merseyrail website or by phone on 0151 555 1111 (Monday-Friday 7am-7pm).