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Centro looks at cutting number of "untouched" disabled bays at local train station

CENTRO is looking at whether to cut the number of ‘untouched’ disabled bays at Widney Manor Station in Solihull.

CENTRO is looking at whether to cut the number of ‘untouched’ disabled bays at Widney Manor Station in Solihull.

Teacher Kevin O’Connor said everyday, before his commute to Birmingham city centre, he struggled to find a parking space at the station while its eleven disabled bays remained empty due to the station’s poor accessibility.

The 62-year-old, from Hillfield, said: “I use the car park quite regularly and it’s always chock-a-block.

“It’s almost impossible to get a space after 9am, but every single one of those disabled bays are empty. I’ve never seen one of them used.

“The problem is that anyone with a disability coming back from going into town can’t get off the station as you’d have to go up and down the stairs across the footbridge.

“Their only option is to carry on to Dorridge, change there using the lifts, and come back to Widney Manor on the other platform. No-one’s going to go through all that - they’ll just park elsewhere.

“It’s ridiculous, if the disabled bays are never used, why have so many of them particularly when the car park is full every weekday?”

A spokesman for Centro, which manages the station’s 211-space car park, said by law they had to give over five per cent of spaces to disabled parking but they were “aware of anecdotal evidence assessing usage that suggests the existing 11 disabled bays are little used.”

“We are therefore currently undertaking a detailed survey to see if this is indeed the case,” he added.

Enable-Solihull, a disabilities support charity, said anyone with concerns about access at borough stations, should call 0121 788 1544.

 

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