West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received assurances from the Liverpool City Region about Merseyrail’s continued support for those who require taxis from Aughton Park train station to the next nearest accessible station.
The update came following confirmation from the Department for Transport and Merseyrail that there is currently no funding available for converting Aughton Park train station to step-free access.
Rosie Cooper MP wrote to the Transport Secretary urging him to bring forward more funding to increase accessibility and further contacted Network Rail and Merseyrail. Merseyrail confirmed that the cost of delivering step free access at Aughton Park would likely be in excess of £4m, and would not be funded by DfT.
MP Rosie however received assurances from Liverpool City Region that Merseyrail would provide a taxi for any customer that needs to travel from an inaccessible station upon request.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is disappointing that the Department for Transport are not providing funding to enable Aughton Park to become a step free access station, but I will continue to campaign for the funding at every opportunity.
“In the meantime I am pleased that Merseyrail are continuing to support my West Lancashire constituents who would use Aughton Park station but are unable to do so due to its inaccessibility, with the provision of taxis to the nearest step free access station, at Ormskirk or Town Green.
“I would encourage those who are eligible to use the scheme to make full use of this additional support.”
Customers can use the Passenger Help Points to obtain information or call Merseyrail’s Customer Relations Team on 0151 555 1111 (Monday to Friday 07:00-19:00) or 0151 702 2704 outside of these times.