Train station in Bedfordshire to get lifts in move to help disabled

Campaigners welcome announcement for Flitwick station as it marks its 150th anniversary

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 4:50 pm

Wheelchair users, parents with buggies and the elderly are all set to benefit from a share of £50million government funding which will provide not only new lifts but a new footbridge at Flitwick.

Arthur Taylor, chairman of Bedford Commuters' Association, said: “I am absolutely thrilled at this news. We have lobbied hard and been waiting for many years for this and were very disappointed when it did not make it through the last round of funding. This will be so much better for Flitwick passengers.”

Cllr James Jamieson, leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The council has worked very closely with Govia Thameslink and Network Rail to secure the necessary funds to deliver full step-free access at Flitwick station.”

Area station manager Bernie Lee, Step-Free Access campaigner Ian Cook and Bedford Commuters' Association chairman Arthur Taylor at Flitwick station

Ian Cook, founder of the campaign group Step Free Access, said: "We're incredibly pleased at the success of our community's campaign to have lifts and ramps installed at Flitwick station and look forward to being involved in the design stage to ensure that the needs of everyone with mobility problems are accommodated.”

Tom Moran, Thameslink and Great Northern managing director, said: “More than 1.6million people use Flitwick station every year and lifts to the platforms will make an enormous difference to everyone who struggles because they use wheelchairs, have baby buggies, heavy luggage or find walking difficult.

“That is why we have been supporting the campaign to fund lifts and a new footbridge. This is great news, particularly given the 150th anniversary of Flitwick station we are celebrating this year.”

Gavin Crook, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: “This is a vital project to improve accessibility at Flitwick station and we welcome the announcement that funding for this scheme has been secured.

“Once complete, the project will make using the station much easier for all passengers and open up travel opportunities for more people.

“Network Rail will continue to work closely with stakeholders to deliver this scheme which will bring significant benefits for all passengers who use Flitwick station.”