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On the right track: MP wants railway station improvement


Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie will meet with transport secretary Mark Harper to discuss improving access at the town’s railway station after she raised the issue in parliament. 

The mum-of-two spoke about her own struggles using the station in the House of Commons. 

She told Forest of Dean MP Harper: “I wish ministers could see me trying to drag a baby, a toddler and a buggy up and down the steps at Stroud station as part of my campaign for accessibility measures.

“I am able-bodied, so it is even more difficult for people with disabilities and elderly people. 

“Will the Secretary of State meet me to discuss the Access for All scheme so that I can go back to Great Western Railway and give an update?”

In reply the cabinet minister said: “I am grateful for that question from my constituency neighbour across the River Severn. 

“We have spent £900 million on Access for All accessibility upgrades. I would be delighted to meet my honourable friend to discuss her specific proposals for Stroud station.”

Speaking afterwards Baillie added: “l will be using the meeting to press for the improvements that will make a huge difference for people in Stroud who are struggling to get around the station when they shouldn’t be. 

“Many thanks to the Secretary of State for his response.”

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