Step-free access at Selby Rail Station was top of the agenda at a meeting with Ministers in Parliament this week.
Selby’s MP, Nigel Adams, organised the meeting with the Minister for Rail, Paul Maynard MP to outline the importance of securing step free access at Selby station, increasing safety and convenience for all passengers and staff.
Mr Adams invited representatives of Selby & District Rail Users Group (SADRUG) to attend the meeting held on Tuesday.
With the initial feasibility work already completed by Network Rail for improved accessibility on site, Selby station is in a strong position to progress further work on these important improvements subject to funding agreements. Having an already large footfall – only set to increase as the local community grows – such safety measures are vital.
The Rail Minister explained that from 2019 there will be further funding available for Access for All schemes, and that he is currently working with his team to ensure that the process for assigning funds is both sophisticated and pragmatic.
Following the meeting Mr Maynard said “I was pleased to meet with Nigel and representatives of the Selby District Rail Users Group. It was good to learn more about the pressing need for access improvements at Selby station and I look forward to refining the Access for All scheme in the near future to help move projects like this forward”.
Terry French, representing SADRUG, said “we’d like to thank the Rail Minister very much for taking the time to let us put our case forward. It’s been a very productive meeting and we look forward to working together to try and secure lift access at the station ASAP.”
Mr Adams explained that “accessibility at Selby station is an important issue for many residents, and I am grateful to the Rail Minister for meeting with us to discuss the current situation. I am hopeful that we can work collaboratively to ensure that the station is accessible to all users, whether they are starting their journey in Selby or using the station as an interchange. As the population of Selby increases, and the use of th station increases, it is important that we get this right for residents.”