The Yorkshire Party has condemned a move by rail chiefs to hamper disabled access to Hull’s Paragon train station
Bosses at the station have announced plans to close an entrance that, for many disabled people, is their only accessible route.
This decision doesn’t only affect people living locally but the thousands of people who travel to and from the station every week. Station bosses say it’s to crack down on anti-social behaviour
But Party Transport Spokesperson Bob Buxton, said: “A solution that serves only non-disabled customers is no solution at all.
“Disabled rail users are being discriminated against by having to phone for assistance and wait for it to arrive.
“Inevitably, this will lead to fewer disabled customers using Hull’s rail service; worse still, those who have no choice will be treated like second-class citizens on Yorkshire’s third-class rail network.
“Would it be tolerated in London? Of course not. No one would even dare propose it. But, yet again, we see the “it’ll do for Yorkshire” attitude. A company like Transpennine Express should really know better.”
Resident Tracy Dearing from Hull also wants staff to find a different solution and has started a petition on the 30 Degrees campaign group’s website to get the gate opened
Tracy is calling on First TransPennine to provide unrestricted access to the only pick-up and drop-off point and disabled car parking bays at the station, by leaving the Anlaby Road gate open throughout the day.
The issue was highlighted by the Hull Daily Mail, which said: “Transpennine Express – the company responsible for managing Hull’s train station – has announced a three-month trial to shut the Anlaby Road exit from June 17.”