Station ramp plans submitted

A PLANNING application to build a new ramp at Nailsea and Backwell Station has been submitted to North Somerset Council.

First Great Western has applied to remove the staircase on platform one and the ramp on platform two before installing new ramps on both platforms as well as a new staircase on platform one.

Backwell Access Group and local residents have been campaigning for a ramp on the south side of the platform for years to enable disabled people to get off the train at Backwell.

Disabled passengers currently have to warn staff a day before they are due to travel to get assistance onto the train and get off at Bristol on their return journey to catch a taxi.

The Government pledged �1million towards the project in December last year.

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Once the designs for the ramp have been agreed, First Great Western will release a timetable for work to start.

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