Rallying call for station in council feedback plan

South Ribble Council leader Margaret Smith at Leyland Railway Station
South Ribble Council leader Margaret Smith at Leyland Railway Station

Rail passengers using Leyland station are being urged to come forward with their experiences to push forward plans for a massive overhaul.

The Guardian revealed last week how Network Rail, Northern Rail and Lancashire County Council had agreed to commit £450,000 towards major improvements including new shelters, CCTV and a ticket office.

They also agreed to look at installing a new lift - which would see an end to a long struggle for disabled passengers using the station.

Leader of South Ribble Council, Coun Margaret Smith, held crunch talks with the parties to try and kick start the much-needed improvement programme.

She is now appealing for passengers to come forward with their experiences with navigating the stairs-only second and third platforms so this can be used to keep up the pressure for access improvements.

Coun Smith said: “We are in discussion with them about various aspects about the station. The meeting was incredibly important because it puts it on everybody’s radar.

“The people who came to see us were important and held a lot of influence.

“The next stage is getting access to the platforms. That is still on the agenda, it hasn’t gone away.

“We are very much committed to the station and getting it into the 21st century as best we can. There is quite a lot going on but it is slow at the moment.

“We are optimistic but we understand there are other stations that also need improvements. We are in the same queue as everyone else.

“If people have had a bad experience then they can let us know and this can be used as more evidence to give to Northern and Network Rail. We can tell them the people are screaming for it.”

Let us know your experiences by calling 01257 264911 or emailing charlotte.wareing@lep.co.uk