While the majority of my constituents live in Tamworth, many (like myself in Shenstone) live closer to Lichfield's town centre and so their nearest trains station is in Lichfield.
The Government has been working with Network Rail to start work on a £2.3 million upgrade to Lichfield Trent Valley Railway Station under the 'Access For All' scheme. This scheme aims to provide step-free access to all three of the railway station's platforms and a ramp in the car park.
The upgrade forms part of Network Rail's multi-billion pound programme to renovate railway stations.
Michael Fabricant our neighbour and MP for Lichfield has been leading the way on the project and campaigning for these changes in the Commons for many years, so it is great to see them finally coming into fruition.
It is important that barriers to public transport faced by disabled people are removed and we are now making good progress towards that goal. Following these upgrades over 75% of journeys on the train will have full step-free access. Train staff across many operators are also engaging in more disability awareness training.
I have been assured that whilst the maintenance work takes place, travel disruptions will be at a minimum.
Work is expected to start later this month to be completed by Summer 2019.