Labour Action Team elevate calls for a lift at Formby Train Stat

Catie Page and Ben Bentley

Formby Labour Action Team has elevated calls for a lift to be installed at Formby Train Station with Merseytravel.

New Ravenmeols Labour councillor, Catie Page, wrote to the transport authority saying the lift was urgently needed as many older and disabled people were unable to tackle the station's steep steps.

Cllr Page said the issue was a long-running one which has now been brought to the Formby Labour Action Team's attention.

Cllr Page said: "Lots of people use the train station, many using the entrance on Formby Bridge where the ticket office is based. But for those people who are wheelchair bound, on walking sticks or crutches or even pushing a pram, the steps can be impossible.

"The only other option for those people is to get access to the platform either near The Railway Pub for the Liverpool-bound train or via Kirklake Road for the Southport-bound train.

"This is clearly unacceptable and I have asked Merseytravel on behalf of the Formby Labour Action Team to look into installing a new lift at the station to help passengers who need the extra assistance."

Formby Labour Action Team leader Ben Bentley said he had been contacted by a number of people wanting a lift at the station.

Ben said: "We need to ensure that our main train station in Formby is fully accessible to everyone - at the moment it isn't.

"What the Labour Action Team want to see is a lift installed for everyone, be they old, wheelchair bound or simply struggle tackling steep stairs like those we have at the train station.

"We have received written assurances that our request for a lift has been passed on to the Integrated Transport Division who will fully investigate.

"This is clearly something which is needed at Formby Train Station and something which the Formby Labour Action Team will continue to fight for."

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