Priti Patel, MP for Witham and Stanway is keeping up pressure on Government and key stakeholders for much needed upgrades to Marks Tey Station.
Greater Anglia nominated the station in November for highest priority ‘Access for All’ Funding but it was turned down in April.
Priti has since made several representations to Ministers at the Department of Transport, urging them to reconsider this decision, pressing the need for accessibility improvements at the station.
Priti said: “I have been urging Ministers to look at this again and I have been in touch with Jamie Burles, MD of Greater Anglia to ask what discussions they have had with key stakeholders about match funding.
“I have also contacted the Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Council, Adrian Pritchard and the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure at Essex County Council, Cllr Kevin Bentley, to ask for financial support for this vital upgrade”.
The Department for Transport (DFT) has announced that further rounds of Access for All Funding (£20 million fund) have been made available and station nominations must be submitted by by train operators by 18th October.
“The upgrade to Marks Tey Station is urgent as it currently has no step free access between the London Bound platforms and the branch line. Disabled passengers travelling to London using the Sudbury branch have to board a service for Colchester and then change again to catch a London bound service.
“The same scenario applies to the return journey, adding considerable inconvenience and distress for those with limited mobility, and travellers with pushchairs and children, as it involves a long flight of stairs. In the 21st century, this just isn’t acceptable.” Priti added.
The DFT has recently indicated Marks Tey’s chances of receiving funding would be improved by significant match funding.
Original plans by operator Greater Anglia’s included a step free access via a new footbridge and through lifts to all platforms and station entrances.