David Wilkinson campaigns for step-free access at Daisy Hill and Westhoughton railway stations

Councillor David Wilkinson at Daisy Hill railway station
Councillor David Wilkinson at Daisy Hill railway station

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson is campaigning for step-free access at Daisy Hill and Westhoughton railway stations.

David said: “It is remarkable that in 2016 some passengers are unable to use these stations because they use a wheelchair or they have a pram to push.”

Westhoughton railway station
Westhoughton railway station

Transport for Greater Manchester have responded to David’s call for improvements to accessibility.

They have revealed that Daisy Hill is now number seven in the list of priorities for the region but the wait for Westhoughton station will be longer because some step-free access is already provided.

Amanda White, head of rail, said: “Daisy Hill is one of the stations that has been given priority for step-free access and is currently seventh on the list of the Rail Station Accessibility Programme. However, Westhoughton has not been included in this project due to the Manchester-bound platform having stepped ramp access and the Wigan-bound platform having steep ramp access.”

No step free access to Daisy Hill's platforms
No step free access to Daisy Hill’s platforms

Currently 42 of the 96 stations within Greater Manchester offer a step free route between the station entrance and its platforms.

Train companies provide transport between a station without step-free and the nearest step-free station on the passenger’s desired route. The closest accessible stations are Horwich Parkway, Bolton and Wigan.

Northern Rail’s ‘Passenger Assist’ is available on freephone number: 08081 56 16 06.

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