DISABILITY entry at prepare stations in Helensburgh and surrounding areas has been branded “woefully inadequate” as figures reveal lower than half are totally accessible for disabled passengers.
Statistics not too long ago obtained from ScotRail present stations within the Scottish Parliament’s Dumbarton constituency, together with Helensburgh Higher, don’t at present have full entry.
At current, not one in all these stations has been earmarked for Entry for All funding from the UK Authorities, regardless of 5 out of 14 stations within the structure having step-free entry always throughout all platforms.
Katy Clark, Labor MSP for the West Scotland area, is looking on the UK authorities for extra funding to be made out there and to Transport Scotland to make suggestions primarily based on the stations in most instant want.
Ms Clark stated: “Constituents have gotten in contact with me to precise their concern that incapacity entry at their closest stations is missing.
“Having now obtained the uncooked numbers from ScotRail, it’s clear entry is woefully inadequate at a variety of stations regardless of it being a authorized requirement.
“Public transport within the twenty first century must be totally accessible to all. The Entry for All fund is important for enhancing infrastructure to this finish, nevertheless it seems only a few tasks are deliberate.
“This fund is managed by the UK Authorities, however the Scottish Authorities and Community Rail make suggestions.
“I can be writing to all three to demand larger ranges of funding.”
In whole, only a third of all stations within the West of Scotland are thought of totally accessible.
Within the Dumbarton constituency, simply Helensburgh Central, Craigendoran, Alexandria, Renton and Balloch stations are classed as class A.
Class A signifies that step-free entry to and between all platforms is maintained always trains are operating through degree entry, lifts or ramps.
Helensburgh Higher, Cardross, Dalreoch, Dumbarton Central and Bowling fall into Class B, that means that the stations don’t meet Class A however do have step-free entry to both all platforms or at the very least one.
In some instances, Class B stations could also be useable for some disabled and older folks however in others, main obstacles could also be current that are more likely to prohibit the flexibility of disabled folks to make use of the station.
These might embody lengthy or steep ramps, entry between platforms that could be through the road, and there is probably not step-free entry to or between all station areas.
Garelochhead, Arrochar and Tarbet, Ardlui and Dumbarton East, in the meantime, are classed as Class C, which implies the stations wouldn’t have step-free entry to any platform.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson stated: “We imagine our railways must be totally accessible for all.
“Sadly accountability for accessibility is reserved to the UK Authorities – Scottish Ministers have repeatedly referred to as for this matter to be returned, and will surely welcome Ms Clark’s assist.
“Nonetheless, till that occurs, we proceed to spend money on accessibility enhancements at our stations past that supplied by the UK Authorities’s ‘Entry for All’ programme, together with making an attempt to make sure new and refurbished stations are barrier-free.
“ScotRail additionally has preparations in place for passengers to entry our railways at any station by making use of the passenger help course of.”
Patrick Nyamurundira, ScotRail entry and inclusion supervisor, added: “ScotRail is devoted to creating positive that each one rail customers have equal entry, and we’ll proceed to work with our stakeholders in any respect ranges to make sure that everybody can journey on Scotland’s Railway with confidence .
“We have already got an ‘Accessible Journey Service’ the place we offer free help to prospects who want it most. Our Assisted Journey group could be contacted at scotrail.co.uk/accessible-travel or by calling 0800 046 1634.
“We’re dedicated to constructing on the success of this service, which incorporates listening to and appearing on suggestions from our prospects.”