Morley Station misses out on vital funding

Morley Station.
Morley Station.

Morley Station has missed out on government funding to improve disabled access to its two platforms.

The news is a blow to campaigners who have petitioned rail bosses to pave a step-free route on both sides of the station to make it easier for wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs to get on and off the platforms.

The government announced a £60m investment in railway accessibility last week, with 26 stations across the country benefiting from the new funding. However, Headingley was the only station in Yorkshire to receive a share of the pot, with Morley among those missing out.

Coun Terry Grayshon said the news was “disappointing”.

“My first thought would be why did Morley miss out and what was lacking in the criteria that meant we didn’t get the funding?” he said.

“If Morley is missing out on the funding, I can only imagine the problems at the other stations must be really, really severe because the situation at Morley Station is very problematic and has been for some time.

“The town council has offered support where it can but really someone needs to be coughing up, be it central government, Network Rail or the train companies.

“In fact, the lack of access to the Huddersfield platform was first caused by Network Rail when they closed off the ramp from Valley Road a number of years ago.”

Announcing the national package, transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “Making the rail network accessible to all is a vital part of our plans to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. This is great news.”