Scottish rail station under fire for ‘disability failings’

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Rannoch Station in Scotland, which consists of an island only accessible by a steel footbridge, has been criticised as it announces it has no plans to install disabled access “anytime soon.”

According to the Daily Record, the Perthshire station will not be rolling out disabled access in the near future, despite upgrades on bridges taking place elsewhere on the ScotRail network.

A Network Rail spokesperson said the company has a programme to fund fully-accessible bridges at stations, but with more than 350 stations on the Scottish network, it will be a lengthy process.

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The Daily Record reported: “The rail industry is committed to improving access to our network and we have a programme in place to construct fully-accessible bridges at stations. However, there are no plans at this time to upgrade the bridge at Rannoch.”

The platforms, toilets and tearoom are all located on the otherside of the foot bridge.

Speaking to the newspaper, tearoom owner Bill Anderson said: “I couldn’t tell you how many times we have had to give people takeaway food so they can bring it to elderly parents who can’t get across. The bridge is not suitable for anyone who can’t climb steep steps. I’m admiring of the fortitude of those who get to us.

“There might have been a ramp beside the bridge once long ago, but there’s nothing now,” he continued.

Anderson is the Rannoch rep for the Community Rail Partnership, but has told the Daily Record he has not yet rallied the support for improving access.

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