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Briggs welcomes additional mobility assistance staff at Edinburgh Waverley railway station

Miles has received a letter back from National Rail outlining their ongoing plans to improve disability access at Waverley train station.

Network Rail are currently hiring  for three more staff to join the mobility assistance team taking the total number to 8.

They will work alongside East Coast’s team of 10 mobility staff, taking the total to 18.

In addition, they will be putting in place a further three additional staff over the peak months to help promote the use of Calton Road as a pick up/drop off location.

These temporary staff will be in place from June 2018 to January 2019 and will primarily offer additional mobility assistance.

A lead consultant is expected to be appointed at Waverley within the next month.

Their role will be to set a long term vision for Waverley but also identify staged improvements that can be made in order to achieve the long term vision for the station.

Consultation with interested groups is expected to take place early next year.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative MSP for Lothian who has been campaigning for access improvements at Waverley with disabled constituents, said:

“I welcome the addition of three new staff to Network Rail’s mobility assistance team. 

“I am also pleased that Network Rail have listened to suggestions from the Waverley Access Summit last year and will increase the number of staff able to assist at the Calton Road pick up and drop off point. 

“While these short term improvements are positive,  I will continue to work with the city’s access panel and others to keep the pressure up on Network Rail to look at long term improvements to improve accessibility for disabled and visually impaired travellers and this means looking at better taxi rank arrangements as soon as works to the North Bridge are completed.”

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Miles Briggs