TransPennine Express (TPE) is submitting an application to make it even easier for all customers to access three of its stations in North Yorkshire.
The train company are placing the bid as part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All fund to apply for step-free access at Selby, Thirsk and Seamer stations.
If successful, it could see lifts installed at each of these stations.
The application has received the backing of four councils across North Yorkshire; Hambleton District Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Selby District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.
Those that would like to support these plans can do so by registering online at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TPEAccessforall by 31 October 2018.
The funding bid to improve access at Selby, Thirsk and Seamer will be submitted during November and an announcement on the outcome, including which stations will be receive funding, is expected by April 2019.
Lifts will be installed at Scunthorpe and Northallerton stations as they have been funded through the previous round of Access for All funding.
Graham Meiklejohn, Regional Development Manager for TransPennine Express, said: “Ensuring that stations have step free access is a key priority of the railway industry and is a key customer requirement. We will be making strong bids to the Department for Transport as we seek to secure the funding for access improvements at Selby, Thirsk and Seamer and ask that users and supporters of such improvements register their support for our bid using the on-line survey.”
Cllr Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Transport on North Yorkshire County Council, said: “North Yorkshire County Council welcomes the opportunity to support the TransPennine Express bid for Access for All funding at Selby, Thirsk and Seamer stations. The lack of facilities at these stations can act as a significant barrier to current travel where stairs and controlled or gated pedestrian rail crossings are the only options available for our communities to access the rail network.”
Cllr Mark Crane, Leader of Selby District Council, said: “It’s vital that the station is able to serve everyone in our community, and in this day and age the minimum we’d expect is for disabled people or those with mobility issues to be able to use services easily. This upgrade is really important. We’re seeing more and more investment in Selby – both in terms of new businesses helping to bring in visitors and projected housing growth too. Having a station that’s fit-for-purpose for everyone is a vital support to this new investment. Selby really is going places and we want to make sure that no-one gets left behind.”
Cllr Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council, said: “Hambleton District Council fully supports the bid to make all train stations fully accessible – this is particularly vital at Thirsk Station where disabled access is currently difficult. Our station must be available to everyone no matter their age or physical ability. Thirsk and the surrounding area is currently experiencing considerable investment in terms of housing and business – especially on the neighbouring Dalton Industrial Estate – so the station is becoming increasingly busier and must be available to everyone.”
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: “Seamer Station is a very well used station, close to Scarborough Business Park, with the potential to see a significant increase in customers in the next few years from the growth of the nearby Eastfield community as a result of the Middle Deepdale housing development nearby. Addressing the station’s inadequate access for disabled customers is a top priority. We therefore welcome the bid for Access for All funding and are pleased to support TransPennine Express in its ambitions to make Seamer Station inclusive for all customers.”