You may have noticed that, following several years of campaigning by the Parish Council, the Railway Station ticket office has recently been adapted to allow direct access to the bridge when the office is unattended returning us to the situation which existed before the ticket office hours were reduced four years ago. A ramp has also been installed for disabled access to the office, negotiation of the steps to platform 2 remains a problem.

We have also been told that we may get a proper ticket machine installed funded by money which has come with the extension of the operating franchise until 2017.

We continue to press for the station to be made fully accessible but have been told that two lifts would be needed at a cost of £2m.

Companies are currently bidding for the franchise to operate of the railway beyond 2017 and a public consultation is underway. We have been told that this is our opportunity to put a case for improvement to our station. The more responses to the consultation pressing for station improvements the better so please take a few minutes to look at the website for consultation documents, events and details of how to respond either in writing or on the website response form.