Station campaigners celebrate access victory

PUBLISHED: 18:10 19 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:03 11 May 2010

Orchard Manor staff and residents in front of the graffiti wall

Orchard Manor staff and residents in front of the graffiti wall

CAMPAIGNERS calling for better access at a village station have claimed another victory. Residents and staff at Scope s Orchard Manor Transition Service in Meldreth have been campaigning tirelessly for ramps to be installed at Meldreth station to make li

CAMPAIGNERS calling for better access at a village station have claimed another victory.

Residents and staff at Scope's Orchard Manor Transition Service in Meldreth have been campaigning tirelessly for ramps to be installed at Meldreth station to make life easier for wheelchair users.

Train operator First Capital Connect (FCC) has now confirmed these will be in place by the end of June.

A spokesman for Orchard Manor said: "The difficulties at Meldreth station were first raised with the train company in January last year following the making of 'Trainsporting', a short documentary filmed by residents of Orchard Manor Media group to highlight the risks and difficulties associated with travelling by train from Meldreth to either Cambridge or London."

Earlier this year residents of Orchard Manor joined other local people to successfully stop a proposed reduction in staffing hours by FCC, which they say would have had a disproportionate negative impact on disabled travellers looking for accessible information, ramp access and help with ticketing.

As part of Time to Get Equal Week, which took place last week, Orchard Manor residents have designed a mobile piece of artwork dubbed a "Graffiti Wall", which is part of a number of events and features planned to celebrate the human rights of disabled people whilst campaigning for equality.

Jodi -Alissa Bickerton, Skills Tutor at Orchard Manor, said: "Whilst there is still work pending to improve access, Orchard Manor are using TTGE week to mark the successes so far and showcase what communication, determination and strong representation can achieve in isolated communities

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