900 sign station petition

MORE than 900 people have signed a petition calling for a ramp to be installed at the Nailsea and Backwell railway station.

The 913 signatures were collected by Nailsea resident Rita Booth from people living in the town.

Rita, aged 85 of Godwin Drive, decided to collect signatures after she had trouble accessing trains from Nailsea and Backwell due to her disability.

On August 27, she and three others stood outside Nailsea’s Tesco store to encourage more people to sign her petition.

Last week, the Times reported how Backwell mum, Satoko Black, had also compiled a petition in the hope of getting a ramp installed at the station to allow access for those who may be disabled or have pushchairs with them.

This was sent to First Great Western which then sent an application to the Department of Transport for a ramp to be created. The application will be determined later this year.

At a meeting of Backwell Parish Council on Thursday, members decided to write a letter in support of Satoko’s campaign.

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Rita’s petition document will now be passed to Nailsea Town Council and then North Somerset Council for consideration.

Rita said: “I thought a petition to show the views of people from Nailsea, along with the one collected in Backwell, would help to achieve a lot more.”