Government funding to improve access at Grays station

Government funding to improve access at Grays station

Government funding to improve access at Grays station

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

GRAYS railway station will receive a share of £100million to improve its disabled access.

The money, from the Department of Transport, will go towards making the station and surrounding High Street more accessible.

It will contribute to plans already in motion to replace the level crossing at Grays, with an underpass as part of ambitious regeneration proposals.

Tony Fish, the Mayor of Thurrock, who lost the use of his legs in 1981 and has since been wheelchair-bound, welcomed the announcement.

He said: “This has got to be a good thing and I look forward to more details on what work is planned.”

He added that the station, which takes passengers over and under the railway lines, is ok to navigate in a wheelchair, but it could do with a bit more manpower.

He added: “I went to Paris on the Eurostar.

“I got from Grays to Paris ok, but coming back, from Fenchurch Street to Grays there was no staff so that made it more difficult.”

A spokesman for c2c said: “This is excellent news, and will represent an important contribution towards the plans to modernise the area around Grays station.

“We will continue to work with Network Rail and Thurrock Council to finalise proposals for removing the level crossing and better connecting the station with the High Street.”

Baroness Kramer, the Rail Minister, said: “These improvements will make a real difference to the lives of disabled passengers and those with limited mobility, allowing them to get to work and pursue leisure activities more easily. That’s good news for them and good news for the economy.”

Southend East and Manningtree are the other two stations Essex in which will receive a share of the funding.

Detailed planning work will now be undertaken to work out what improvements each station needs before it is announced how big a share each station will get.

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10:44am Wed 30 Apr 14

Voodoo says...

All three platforms at Grays can be accessed from "street level" - provided you enter the station from the correct side. There is a ramp leading to the north-side entrance, and the south-side is step/ramp free.

Compare this to Ockendon station, with platform 2 only accessible via a crumbling concrete footbridge, and I'm baffled as to why Grays is getting this cash. If you are in a wheelchair, have children in pushchairs, or are otherwise unable to use the footbridge, you often cannot board London-bound trains, which use Platform 2 if a Southend-bound train passes it at Ockendon.

Still, so long as the station next to the Council offices and the shiny new college looks nice, that's the important thing, eh?
All three platforms at Grays can be accessed from "street level" - provided you enter the station from the correct side. There is a ramp leading to the north-side entrance, and the south-side is step/ramp free. Compare this to Ockendon station, with platform 2 only accessible via a crumbling concrete footbridge, and I'm baffled as to why Grays is getting this cash. If you are in a wheelchair, have children in pushchairs, or are otherwise unable to use the footbridge, you often cannot board London-bound trains, which use Platform 2 if a Southend-bound train passes it at Ockendon. Still, so long as the station next to the Council offices and the shiny new college looks nice, that's the important thing, eh? Voodoo
  • Score: 0

11:21am Wed 30 Apr 14

woodsider says...

Grays station consistently provides London bound services from either Platform 1 or Platform 3 depending on if its via Chafford Hundred or Purfleet. The only connection between platfoms is via the underpass or by leaving the station and crossing the level crossing to get to the other platform. Otherwise you would have to wait for the next London train leaving from the platform you are standing on. I am not disabled and so shouldnt comment.; but I fully understand this would be a major inconvenience for both wheelchair and pushchairs and so this must be good news for the boroughs busiest station by far.
Grays station consistently provides London bound services from either Platform 1 or Platform 3 depending on if its via Chafford Hundred or Purfleet. The only connection between platfoms is via the underpass or by leaving the station and crossing the level crossing to get to the other platform. Otherwise you would have to wait for the next London train leaving from the platform you are standing on. I am not disabled and so shouldnt comment.; but I fully understand this would be a major inconvenience for both wheelchair and pushchairs and so this must be good news for the boroughs busiest station by far. woodsider
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Voodoo says...

My point was that Grays already has step-free access to all platforms - though as you say it is inconvenient if you've entered the station from the wrong side for the next train. However - this can be avoided by reading the electronic departure boards outside of the station barriers before you enter, or asking staff (so long as you can find any to ask).

Ockendon has no step-free access AT ALL to platform 2, effectively blocking particular types of passenger from peak-time services via this station. I know the station staff can arrange for the trains to be diverted to alternative platforms to allow disabled passengers to board and alight, but when this isn't possible, you're leaving people stranded. I've seen disabled passengers alight on Platform 2 with no means of leaving the station beyond reboarding the next train - if this happens with the last peak service and they return to using platform 1...what then?

Ockendon might not be the busier of the two stations, but this cash is being earmarked to boost already existing access just to resolve minor inconvenience, instead of enabling access where none already exists, and that seems wrong to me.
My point was that Grays already has step-free access to all platforms - though as you say it is inconvenient if you've entered the station from the wrong side for the next train. However - this can be avoided by reading the electronic departure boards outside of the station barriers before you enter, or asking staff (so long as you can find any to ask). Ockendon has no step-free access AT ALL to platform 2, effectively blocking particular types of passenger from peak-time services via this station. I know the station staff can arrange for the trains to be diverted to alternative platforms to allow disabled passengers to board and alight, but when this isn't possible, you're leaving people stranded. I've seen disabled passengers alight on Platform 2 with no means of leaving the station beyond reboarding the next train - if this happens with the last peak service and they return to using platform 1...what then? Ockendon might not be the busier of the two stations, but this cash is being earmarked to boost already existing access just to resolve minor inconvenience, instead of enabling access where none already exists, and that seems wrong to me. Voodoo
  • Score: 4

4:53pm Wed 30 Apr 14

wobblybob says...

One of the main problems that this is to address hasn't affected Grays YET.
The amount of freight trains passing through Grays once DP ports is fully opened means that the barriers will be down more than they are up! With the increase in foot traffic due to the college opening something has to be done a.s.a.p.
One of the main problems that this is to address hasn't affected Grays YET. The amount of freight trains passing through Grays once DP ports is fully opened means that the barriers will be down more than they are up! With the increase in foot traffic due to the college opening something has to be done a.s.a.p. wobblybob
  • Score: 3

1:27am Thu 1 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

its **** shocking the state of disabled travelling services in the 21st centuary even if a wheel chair bound person takes a full able body person with them, and as for the comment about wheelchair bound people getting a last train on the c2c line has very little knowledge the wheel chair ramps are only available during staff hours the dam stations are only staffed dueing london peak times really then you have to inform them in advance of departure times its impossiable for a disabled person to get a last train as no station is staffed till such a time and even if they did get on the platform that late the dam trains are not level with the platform floor there a good 8 inches above the platform level
its **** shocking the state of disabled travelling services in the 21st centuary even if a wheel chair bound person takes a full able body person with them, and as for the comment about wheelchair bound people getting a last train on the c2c line has very little knowledge the wheel chair ramps are only available during staff hours the dam stations are only staffed dueing london peak times really then you have to inform them in advance of departure times its impossiable for a disabled person to get a last train as no station is staffed till such a time and even if they did get on the platform that late the dam trains are not level with the platform floor there a good 8 inches above the platform level d_2da_ougle
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1:51am Thu 1 May 14

Voodoo says...

Voodoo wrote:
My point was that Grays already has step-free access to all platforms - though as you say it is inconvenient if you've entered the station from the wrong side for the next train. However - this can be avoided by reading the electronic departure boards outside of the station barriers before you enter, or asking staff (so long as you can find any to ask).

Ockendon has no step-free access AT ALL to platform 2, effectively blocking particular types of passenger from peak-time services via this station. I know the station staff can arrange for the trains to be diverted to alternative platforms to allow disabled passengers to board and alight, but when this isn't possible, you're leaving people stranded. I've seen disabled passengers alight on Platform 2 with no means of leaving the station beyond reboarding the next train - if this happens with the last peak service and they return to using platform 1...what then?

Ockendon might not be the busier of the two stations, but this cash is being earmarked to boost already existing access just to resolve minor inconvenience, instead of enabling access where none already exists, and that seems wrong to me.
That's why I specifically said last PEAK service and not last train.
[quote][p][bold]Voodoo[/bold] wrote: My point was that Grays already has step-free access to all platforms - though as you say it is inconvenient if you've entered the station from the wrong side for the next train. However - this can be avoided by reading the electronic departure boards outside of the station barriers before you enter, or asking staff (so long as you can find any to ask). Ockendon has no step-free access AT ALL to platform 2, effectively blocking particular types of passenger from peak-time services via this station. I know the station staff can arrange for the trains to be diverted to alternative platforms to allow disabled passengers to board and alight, but when this isn't possible, you're leaving people stranded. I've seen disabled passengers alight on Platform 2 with no means of leaving the station beyond reboarding the next train - if this happens with the last peak service and they return to using platform 1...what then? Ockendon might not be the busier of the two stations, but this cash is being earmarked to boost already existing access just to resolve minor inconvenience, instead of enabling access where none already exists, and that seems wrong to me.[/p][/quote]That's why I specifically said last PEAK service and not last train. Voodoo
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Thu 1 May 14

jb411 says...

Disabled access notwithstanding, I have noticed that Ockendon Station is in a right state, when was it last given a facelift, the paint is peeling off so bad it looks derelict.
Disabled access notwithstanding, I have noticed that Ockendon Station is in a right state, when was it last given a facelift, the paint is peeling off so bad it looks derelict. jb411
  • Score: 1

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