Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, has pressed Network Rail to get on and deliver the promised step-free access to Billingham Station .
Writing to Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail, Alex has asked if the timeframes – currently between Autumn/Winter 2022 and Spring 2023 – for improvements to Billingham Station can be brought forward. Billingham is the only station in the Tees Valley without some form of step-free access.
After lobbying by Alex, Billingham was announced as a recipient of the next wave of Access for All scheme funding in February 2020. Funding is also coming from Stockton Council and the Combined Authority.
“For too long people in Billingham with mobility issues, bikes, and pushchairs, have been forced to travel further to get the train. I was delighted when, after extensive lobbying, the Government announced that Billingham would receive funding for step-free improvements.
“However I do have concerns with the length of time it will take to bring these improvements to Billingham. I understand that Network Rail have been focused on ‘safety critical’ work during the pandemic, but I do hope that they can review their process and bring the work forward.”
The Access for All scheme is a Government fund, administered by Network Rail. Alex was hoping to ask the Transport Secretary about the scheme at Transport Questions today (28 Jan) and will now submit a Written Parliamentary Question about this.