Helen Morgan welcomes station lift funding ‘at last’

25 May 2024
Helen Morgan at Whitchurch station

MP Helen Morgan has welcomed funding finally being granted for lifts to be installed at Whitchurch Station and said the next step is get to work started.

The North Shropshire MP has campaigned relentlessly on the issue since before her election, raising the issue multiple times in the House of Commons, writing repeated letters to the Rail Minister and keeping in constant contact with Transport for Wales and Network Rail.

Despite being promised a decision on whether funding would be granted last year, the announcement was delayed by the Department for Transport until Friday.

The installation of lifts means that passengers will no longer have to navigate 44 steps and a footbridge to reach Platform 1 and travel towards Shrewsbury.

Helen has petitioned rail users over the issue and most recently raised it with Minister Huw Merriman during a debate in Parliament just a few weeks ago.

Helen Morgan, Liberal Democrat MP for North Shropshire, said, “At last! While long overdue, this is great news for Whitchurch.

“Public transport is a major problem in North Shropshire so it’s wrong that a large chunk of society are blocked from using one of the few train stations we do have.

“I’ve been working hard on this since before my election and I’m delighted that the efforts of everyone involved has finally paid off.

“Next stop - making sure the work starts as soon as possible.

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