Keynsham railway station ramp scheme moves closer

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By BeckyFeather | Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 19:23

Plans are progressing for the long-awaited ramp to help people with a disability, push-chairs and heavy luggage reach the Bristol-bound platform at Keynsham railway station.

First Great Western has asked Bath & North East Somerset Council if it can temporarily remove a wall to provide an access wide enough for construction vehicles to get in from Station Road to build the ramp.

The Department for Transport has already agreed to fund the work to build the ramp between the existing pedestrian footbridge and Platform 1, which passengers can currently only access by negotiating many steps.

A total of £465,000 has been secured to pay for the ramp to be built, including a £50,000 contribution from B&NES Council.

Disabled passengers coming from Bath and London have long complained of having to travel into Bristol, change at Temple Meads, and travel back to Keynsham in order to get off on the eastbound platform where they can exit without steps.

People are invited to comment on FGW's access plans by April 8.

Passengers will still be able to use the station while the work is carried out. It is expected to take 24 weeks and start later this year.

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