Some months ago I observed that millions of pounds spent on new car parks and disabled parking bays at Birkenhead North and Bidston stations were nothing short of folly without addressing accessibility issues. At Birkenhead there is a stepped ramp and at Bidston a footbridge. Local councillor Harry Smith admitted to me that the situation ‘isnt ideal.’ It meant the elderly, infirm, disabled and pram users could either not use the stations or only with great difficulty.
I am now pleased to say Merseytravel have taken notice and have secured £3.38m from Network Rail to improve access at Birkenhead which will include user friendly footbridge and lifts. It is only a start but former Merseytravel kingpin Neil Scales did state in 2008 that the goal was access for all at all stations.
Work is due to be completed by March 2014.