TransPennine responds to accessibility concerns at planned Haxby station

A train operator has issued a response to concerns raised about the accessibility of the planned new station in a village in the north of York.

A planning application for a train station in Haxby on the York–Scarborough line was submitted in February with support from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

It is hoped that the new station will make it easier for Haxby’s population to travel to and from York.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Flick Williams, a disability rights activist, however has raised concerns over the station’s accessibility as there will be no station staff.

Proposed Appearance Of Haxby StationProposed Appearance Of Haxby Station
Proposed Appearance Of Haxby Station

“For me as a wheelchair user, if I’m coming from the direction of York and I want to alight the train at the new Haxby station then basically I’m relying on the guard to help me do that as there’s no station staff,” she said.

“But then because I’m on the far side of the platform from where the car park and the bus service are, if I get off the train with the assistance of a guard and then find that lift out of order I’m completely stranded.”

Ms Williams added: “An unstaffed station is an inaccessible station for all those kinds of reasons.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

A spokesperson for the York–Scarborough line TransPennine said: "We want all our customers to have the confidence to travel, no matter their circumstances.

“All TransPennine Express trains have conductors onboard that can help customers, including using a ramp to board the train.

“This assistance can either be pre-booked or arranged at the time of departure.

“Customers requiring help through stations will be provided with an accessible taxi to the nearest staffed station at no additional cost to them.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“Network Rail also monitors the use of lifts and will respond should a fault occur."

Coun Andrew Hollyer, ward councillor for Haxby, said: “The operators are required by law to ensure services are accessible and like any journey from any other unstaffed station, the operator would be able to provide ramps and most modern trains now carry ramps the guards can deploy.

“Obviously we’ll all have seen unacceptable instances where travellers haven’t received the assistance they require, causing huge distress.

“Even the worry of whether assistance will be provided can be enough to put people off travelling and the industry must do better.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“However, as much as I would like to see more stations staffed this is a level above the current planning application, ultimately this needs wider government action to reverse the downward direction of travel on railway staffing levels.”

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.