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  1. Published on: 10/04/2019 06:13 AMReported by: roving-eye


    Lib Dem councillors John Pugh and Simon Shaw, who represent the Birkdale and Hillside area, have warmly welcomed last Thursday’s announcement that Hillside is one of five Merseyrail stations which will be made accessible within the next few years.



    Last Thursday the Department for Transport published a list of 73 stations across the country which will benefit from the ‘Access for All’ Programme. www.gov.uk/government/speeches/access-for-all-73-stations-set-to-benefit-from-additional-funding



    Nearly three years ago, local Lib Dems highlighted the issue in a front page story in their Summer 2016 Birkdale FOCUS. Sadly funding was not available at that time.



    Councillor Pugh (Dukes Ward, which includes Shoreside Birkdale) said: “Then in July last year Simon and I met with Merseytravel’s Rail Development Manager at Hillside Station. We voiced our concerns and those of residents about the poor access for the disabled, the elderly and parents or carers with very young children.”



    Councillor Shaw added: “We are delighted at this news, which we have been campaigning for over a number of years.”



    “When I read the announcement I did have concerns about how long it might take to get Hillside Station open to all, as the government statement merely indicates that ‘all work is due to be completed by March 2024’, which is five years off.”



    “However I have discussed this with Merseytravel and they hope that Hillside Station will fully accessible by 2022.”



    “I have also clarified that half the cost of the project will be met by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority.”

     

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  3. toffee man says:10/04/2019 03:04 PM
    Bandwagon jumpers. How many parties have congratulated themselves over this

  4. justbecause says:10/04/2019 03:08 PM
    Funnily enough, that other useless waste of space Damien Moore was promoting his good work on Hillside Station on PMQ’s, earlier today.

  5. clive764 says:10/04/2019 03:55 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by justbecause View Post
    Funnily enough, that other useless waste of space Damien Moore was promoting his good work on Hillside Station on PMQ’s, earlier today.
    And his involvement and lobbying was confirmed and credited by the PM in her reply.

  6. Alikado says:10/04/2019 06:25 PM
    The money would be better spent on making a carpark on the site of the old siding around the powerhouse.

  7. clive764 says:10/04/2019 07:41 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Alikado View Post
    The money would be better spent on making a carpark on the site of the old siding around the powerhouse.
    So not on disabled access to the trains at Hillside then? Are you happy at disabled people not having access to the platforms then against having a car park? It's all about priorities and disabled access trumps a car park.

  8. Username2016 says:11/04/2019 06:12 AM
    So, the Tory government progress the “access for all” programme, the Labour Led Liverpool city region part fund it and two Lib Dem councillors up for election pose out side it with a “warm welcome”.....is that counted as cross party working?

    bit of a bold but telling claim to think anyone of influence reads the birkdale focus or watches the lib videos but guess when you’re scraping the barrel of contribution you’re scraping the barrel


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