Celebrating the investment in Chippenham station

20150129-Transport_SecThis week I invited Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick Mcloughlin MP to visit Chippenham station to see the investment project.

I campaigned for the regeneration of the station which will really benefit our town. The work will mean that for the first time people will have a step-free route from the station’s main entrance to both platforms, without the need for staff assistance. This will not only be of benefit to passengers with reduced mobility, but also to those travelling with children or heavy luggage or who simply find stairs a struggle.
The £2.98m project has been partly funded through the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ scheme which is designed to improve accessibility at rail stations across Britain by installing lifts and ramps.

This investment is something which will help revive our town and is part of my local plan. I campaigned for this funding which has been allocated under the Conservative led government and it should be seen as part of a package of things needed to regenerate our town.

I will continue to campaign for improved transport links in Wiltshire and will continue to lead the campaign to reopen Corsham Station.

Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick Mcloughlin MP, said: “Michelle Donelan is working hard to improve transport connections for local residents. I am delighted Michelle invited me to meet her today to see the works being undertaken at Chippenham station, which are a result of her campaigning. This government is investing record amounts in our railways, which will result in better journeys for passengers using Chippenham station.”