Ramp moves up a notch

A MOTHER-of two who has been campaigning for a ramp at Nailsea and Backwell station has been told the Government will consider the application later this year.

There is no ramp on the south platform so parents with pushchairs have to call for help to use the station while disabled passengers have to get off the train at Bristol and take a taxi back to their destination.

Satoko Black sent a petition to First Great Western, which owns the station, appealing for a ramp to be built on the south platform to enable everyone to access the trains.

The company then sent an application for a ramp to the Department of Transport and Satoko has now received a response from the department minister stating that the application will be considered and the outcome announced later in the year.

Satoko, who lives in Backwell and often uses the train with her children, said: “It has been good timing to have submitted our petition when the government is considering applications for making locally focused improvements at smaller train stations.

“I will keep up the pressure for an access ramp but other members of the public should get involved by writing to MP Liam Fox, who has been very supportive with our petition.”