To: Abellio Greater Anglia

Needham Market Train Station - Accessible To All!

Needham Market Train Station - Accessible To All!

Make full access to Needham Market Train Station an urgent priority.

Why is this important?

Despite significant ‘improvements’ to Needham Market Railway Station in recent years (costing over £700,000) access to the Ipswich-bound platform remains by steep underground stairway only – a physical challenge for passengers with limited mobility, with buggies, bikes, or heavy suitcases, and an impossibility for wheelchair users.

Additionally, the new ramp from the car park to the Cambridge-bound platform is well above the maximum 1 in 12 gradient required to comply with Building Regulations, creating further significant problems for wheel chair users.

Needham Market is a growing town with large new estates planned for hundreds of homes over the next few years. Abellio East Anglia Limited (trading as Greater Anglia) claims to be committed to complying with its obligations under the Equality Act 2010, and pledges to make its services accessible to all. Abellio has a ten year contract to run our trains and stations and so has no excuse not to make full access an urgent priority.
Please sign our petition and support this local campaign. Thank you!

Needham Market

Reasons for signing

  • It is an absolute disgrace that Greater Anglia can spend so much of their revenues, subsidised from our taxes yet they could not provide access for wheel chair users to the Ipswich bound platform and provide only sub standard access to the Stowmarket bound side. This could have been done when they had cranes on site while they had the temporary access track in place. Their senior managers need to experience what it is like to have to use this, and other stations on this line in a wheelchair.
  • Needham Market has a growing population but also a growing elderly population like much of the country. Accessibility brings social wellbeing to those who have issues with mobility.
  • .@GreaterAnglia Make full access to Needham Market Train Station an urgent priority #NeedhamMarket #BackOnTrack

Updates

2017-05-16 09:46:45 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-04-25 10:17:24 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-04-23 14:42:11 +0100

Comments from Jen, a local commuter - As a regular train traveller fairly new to Needham Market, I've been concerned to see elderly people, passengers with buggies or young children, and cyclists struggling to use the 2 sets of steep steps between the Ipswich-bound platform and the station entrance/exit, and for wheelchair users this platform is completely inaccessible....
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2017-04-23 10:09:05 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-04-23 07:31:32 +0100

10 signatures reached