West Dorset MP Chris Loder has urged South Western Railway to finally demolish the disused Red Star Parcel building as his campaign to improve the County Town’s flagship railway station notches up another success. Station refurbishments are being lobbied for again to overhaul the Station building’s accessibility and to improve the station’s facilities.
Chris said; “I have championed Dorchester South many times in Parliament. This is also why I have been fully making the case for this station to properly reflect its status as gateway to Dorchester and West Dorset more widely. I am hoping to see progress shortly to finally overhaul the station building with the interests of our many disabled passengers at heart and look forward to the day, hopefully soon, that the eyesore parcel building will be demolished”
The local MP put these challenges to South Western Railway’s Regional Development Manager Andrew Ardley during a meeting at the station on Friday. Among the other topics discussed, was the need for a properly accessible station for disabled passengers seeking to travel between platforms, which Mr Loder has been campaigning for.
Chris said; “After much work in ensuring all parties are aligned in a way forward, I am strongly supporting an Access for All funding bid with the Government which if successful will ensure this vital local station is able to be fully accessible for all those wishing to travel”
Dorchester Chamber President Peter Greenaway added; “We are in full support for the installation of disabled facilities at Dorchester South railway station. For sometime it has been clear to the Chamber that access for people, both residents and visitors and should be a priority to ensure equality of access, allowing people to visit our historically important county town and encourage increased footfall in the town”
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