Gordon has written to Craig Harrop (Stakeholder Manager of Northern Rail) to raise the issues of signage and disability access when Network Rail begin their weekend closures of the line between Blackpool and Preston.
I write further to my meeting with you and your colleagues from Network Rail in Manchester on October 28 and your emails to me that day following the meeting, and in the light of the weekend closure programme between Blackpool and Preston beginning on the line from this Saturday.
You will recall that I asked at that meeting particularly about capacity of the replacement buses , signage to them at Preston, Blackpool North and South stations and disability access both to and on the replacement buses. I was particularly concerned about these given the unsatisfactory nature of replacement buses and signage that I personally observed at Preston with the closures and replacement buses provided prior to October.
You wrote back to me on the signage and capacity issues in October but I have had no further info from you on the disability aspects.
With this in mind I am writing so you can confirm what checks have been made that the replacement buses you will be providing will all be DDA compliant and how you will monitor that the rafter and to ask what assistance will be given at Preston and at both the Blackpool North and South stations for people with mobility difficulties to board the replacement buses.
I am also asking that you will check with station staff at all those venues to ensure that signage for passengers to the buses at all three stations is clear and large for people coming off trains into Preston or arriving at the Blackpool ones.
I would also be interested to see what instructions or guidance have been given to station staff on these matters . This is in my view extremely important - not least because a number of the passengers using those services will be visitors to Blackpool who may not be familiar with the layout, configuration or pull up places for the replacement buses, and that those staff assisting passengers at the station should be badged and clearly identifiable.
Finally I would be grateful if you could confirm what the frequency of the replacement services will be between Preston and Blackpool North/ South and whether these will be making two or four stops between Preston and Blackpool North, and what the pattern of stops will be between Blackpool South and Preston for the replacement bus services.
I would be very grateful if you could come back to me as soon as possible on these questions, as you will appreciate that both I and my office are likely to continue to be asked questions and for our views views both by constituents and the media over the period the closures and bus replacements.
I will also of course be likely to be using some of those replacement bus services during this period so I will also have the opportunity to monitor how these issues pan out.
Gordon Marsden MP
Gordon has written to Craig Harrop (Stakeholder Manager of Northern Rail) to raise the issues of signage and disability access when Network Rail begin their weekend closures of the line between...
Gordon has told Prime Minister Theresa May to stop “waffling about her shared society” and give adult social care and the NHS the funding it urgently needs at PMQs.
He referred to figures he was given at a meeting he had with officials at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals last week, where people waiting over 12 hours in A&E has doubled in the last year (and a 100 over the age of 90).
During his meeting they told him their biggest problem was discharging patients into community care because of Government cuts to social care budgets – the very point he pressed the Prime Minister on.
In his question to the PM he said: "Last Friday I went to Blackpool Victoria hospital where the number of people waiting 12 hours or more in A&E doubled last year, with 100 of them aged 90 or over.
"Trust managers told me that the biggest factor in delays is discharging patients who cannot get community care, and my local paper said that Government cuts have eroded support for them.
"Will the Prime Minister stop waffling about her shared society, listen to her own budget watchdog saying that we will need £30 billion for older people in the next 10 years, and put that money not into corporation tax cuts but into local adult care and the NHS?"
Gordon has said he’d be following up the question at PMQs with further written questions to the Prime Minister.
This Saturday (21st) from 12.30pm, Gordon and Blackpool Labour activists will be campaigning on Highfield Road calling on the Tory Government to give the NHS and social care the funding it urgently needs.
Gordon has told Prime Minister Theresa May to stop “waffling about her shared society” and give adult social care and the NHS the funding it urgently needs at PMQs. He...
Gordon has welcomed the news that Blackpool Carers have been awarded funding for a project to help carers and their families lower their energy bills.
The project named ‘Keeping Carers Warm’ will last 12 months and is aimed at carers with children up to the age of 18 in the household and who are experiencing fuel poverty.
Gordon said: "It is great news that Blackpool Carers have secured this funding to help local carers with their household energy bills.
"Through the casework I receive, I know all too well of the problems many families in Blackpool are facing around fuel poverty.
"From my own personal family experience of being a part time carer, I know what a big difference this kind of support will make to improving the lives of carers in the town."
Fuel poverty is defined as more than ten per cent of the total household income being spent on energy bills.
Chris Lear of the Keeping Carers Warm project said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this money from the Scottish Power Energy People Trust Fund and to be working in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau, which will enable the project to locate and empower those in fuel poverty; the funding is very timely given the time of year.
"Fuel poverty is generally a result of three elements: low household income, low energy efficiency standard of a property and high energy costs, as part of the project we will be tackling all of these areas. We will also be signposting to other services in Blackpool when appropriate."
For more information about ‘Keeping Carers Warm’ project as are other services in Blackpool, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01253 393748.
Gordon has welcomed the news that Blackpool Carers have been awarded funding for a project to help carers and their families lower their energy bills. The project named ‘Keeping Carers...