The Coastal BID has added its support to the campaign for inproved access at Pokesdown Station.
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Transport Minister Stephen Hammond has agreed to visit Pokesdown Railway Station and speak to campaigners who want working lifts installed. He was invited by Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood, who has joined forces with Pokesdown Community Forum to call on South West Trains to improve access to the station which had 312,000 users in 2011-2012.
The platform for the busy local station is below street level and can only be accessed by 42 very steep steps which cause serious difficulties for people with mobility problems, those with young children in pushchairs and passengers with heavy luggage. Pokesdown is the second busiest local station in the area, it serves half of the town of Bournemouth and is the main station for visitors to Boscombe, Southbourne and AFC Bournemouth. It is therefore crucial for the town’s tourism, yet there have been no lifts working on the station for around 30 years.