Access improvements ‘needed’ at Alfreton Railway Station

51-2249-1''Alfreton Station
51-2249-1''Alfreton Station

Disabled access needs improving at Alfreton rail station, town councillors have said.

Alfreton Town Council staged a public meeting on the issues at the station for disabled people on Tuesday 9th July.

The meeting was called to discuss how best to overcome access problems to the southbound platform as the bridge over the track is currently unsuitable for disabled people.

Representatives of Network Rail, which looks after stations like Alfreton off Mansfield road in the town, attended.

At a public meeting last November, Network Rail made a commitment to make Alfreton a disabled friendly station. So far they have installed information boards and new PA speakers for announcements on both platforms.

The forthcoming temporary closure at Nottingham train station for three months will also be discussed as it will impact on people in Alfreton.

Town mayor Cllr John Walker said: “It is one of my personal commitments during my mayoral year to see what can be done to enhance Alfreton Station, and in particular to seek a solution to the access problems.

“I look forward to hearing from Network Rail with what I hope is good news.”

The issues over disabled access to the south bound platform were initially raised at a public meeting held in November 2011, which more than 100 people attended.

At the time, Network Rail said a ‘solution’ had been found to the problem, which would materialise in the next 12 months.