ALFRETON: Time our station was put right

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The lifelong train loving mayor of Alfreton says he will make it his ‘crusade’ to bring the town’s station up to 21st century standard.

It is five years since the southbound platform of the station was made inaccessible to wheelchair users due to health and safety reasons.

But despite promises from Network Rail to fix the problem in November 2011 – disabled people travelling south to Alfreton are still being forced to travel to Nottingham first.

They then have get another train back to the town so they disembark on the northbound platform.

Network Rail says this is because of budget restraints imposed on it by Central Government.

But with the Department for Transport willing to shell out £4.5million on a new station at Ilkeston - Alfreton Town Council says it is high time its own station was modernised.

Mayor Cllr John Walker said: “I think this is my crusade for my year in office.

“Both myself and my eldest son are train mad really. I remember watching trains on this very line with my late father when I was a boy.

“We are going to do our damndest to make sure this is put right.”

For more on the story, grab a copy of this week’s Ripley and Heanor News, out on Thursday, July 18.