rail station needs major enhancements, urge councillors
councillors have this week called for major improvements to be made
to Highbridge railway station to make it more accessible for disabled
travellers and those who use public transport.
a meeting held on Monday night (September 24th), Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge town councillors agreed that "much-needed enhancements"
are needed at the station.
Phil Harvey said: "The fact that this station has 250,000 users
every year and doesn't have a bus service is frankly ridiculous.
Integrated transport is needed here."
Janet Keen said that accessibility also needs to be urgently improved:
"The station desperately needs disabled access from both sides."
added that community developer funding should be used: "I'd
like to see the 'Section 106' money that was secured many years
ago when Asda was built. I know the agreement is tightly written,
but we should consider an approach to Sedgemoor and Asda's legal
team to see if it could be used. If we don't ask, we won't get."
Michael Clarke, who is chairman of the council's Town Projects Committee,
added: "I quite agree - it would be great to see this station
far more accessible."
was noted that Great Western Railway (GWR) has funds available to
promote enhancements to stations with typical grants offered of
comments followed a meeting with GWR on September 14th, held at
Highbridge station, when potential improvements were discussed,
including better lighting and signage, plus a mural showing a railway
scene on the gable end of Snippers haidressers.
working party is to be formed, comprising of three town councillors,
plus the Town Clerk and the Chairman of Highbridge Chamber of Trade,
to draw up details of the project and also to establish the costs.
Harvey added that the Burnham
and Highbridge Neighbourhood Plan that was approved last week in
a referendum also includes a reference to the possible use of
unused land besides the railway station. "Now could be a good
time to start discussing this with Great Western and Network Rail,"