Accessibility

In Aug 2018 Cor joined a campaign very close to home… her own!!  The campaign aims to see Lochwinnoch train station’s platform two overhauled. After identifying the lack of disabled access Cor wants to see changes made to allow people with mobility issues to access the same services as everyone else.  Currently, the platform has stairs and no disabled access, meaning passengers travelling from Glasgow Central to the station cannot get off in the village if they have any issues with mobility at all.

Cor told the Daily Record “People want to be independent. It helps your mental health to be independent as well.  Studies show that isolation does cause limited lifespan.  There are amputees who are isolated and don’t get out of the house and are literally losing the will to live. There are so many places they can go if train stations have the accessibility.”  Read the full story in the Daily Record here.

Campaign update:  SNP councillor Emma Rodden, whose ward covers Lochwinnoch, called for improved access at the station.  However, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has since advised elected members that the station does not meet UK Government criteria for investment.  A defiant Councillor Rodden said: “This was never going to be an easy feat, but our efforts will be more than worth it when we are successful and the people of Lochwinnoch are afforded the equality of opportunity they so deserve.” Read the full story here.

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