Sunday, March 06, 2011
London Midland are reducing the staffing hours (and doubtless the staff) at many of their stations - and closing the ticket offices at a few - and one of them is my local station at Acocks Green. Handily placed, with a six or seven minute journey time into the city centre, it has a decent-sized car park. The only problem with that car park is that while it has some disabled spaces, the station building and platforms (they are both on the same island) are currently only accessible by long flights of steps, rendering wheelchair access impossible. It has been pointed out that currently, the car park stairs are only accessible when the ticket office is open, so under the plans as proposed, commuters who park their cars on a weekday will face a long walk round the streets to get back to a car. As the staff make the station more welcoming and, indeed, safer, this is hardly a step that will encourage greater use of public transport.