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Sunday, February 11, 2024

MP welcomes better accessibility plan for Ruabon station

* Simon Baynes MP at Ruabon station.

Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes has welcomed an update from Network Rail on work to ensure Ruabon station is accessible for all users.

He says securing access for everyone to the station remains a key priority for him and he supports the efforts to secure funding via the UK government’s Access for All initiative. 

Access for All  was launched in 2006 to create an obstacle free, accessible route from the station entrance to the platform. This includes providing lifts or ramps, as well as associated works and refurbishment along the route.

Mr Baynes and representatives of Wrexham County Borough Council attended the online briefing from Network Rail earlier this month where it was confirmed that a single option for the station has been identified.

This is to install new lifts behind the existing railway footbridge which will enable step-free access to and between both platforms. 

An outline design will be completed by the end of next month and a prior approval application is being processed by Network's Rail planning team.

Cllr David A Bithell, Deputy Leader of Wrexham County Borough Council with responsibility for Strategic Transport, said: "Ruabon station is extremely popular with local travellers and a key interchange for visitors to the World Heritage Site at Pontcysyllte. 

"I am grateful to Network Rail for their continued support to ensure all travellers can access all areas of Ruabon station to make their journey as trouble free as possible."

Mr Baynes said: "At this moment in time passengers with heavy luggage, mobility problems or pushchairs and small children are unable to access the Chester platform making journeys longer and inconvenient. 

"I welcome the progress made by Network Rail and look forward to working with them in the coming months as their plans progress.” 

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