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A Plea for Improvements to Langley Mill Station, Amber Valley

March 16, 2013 12:25 PM
By Judith Woolley - Amber Valley
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats
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In the years before the destruction of the local railways, Langley Mill had a full station. The present variation, which is more like a Halt, was funded by the local authorities of, Broxtowe Borough Council, Amber Valley Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.

The poor condition of the station and the lack of disability access has been a problem for many years.

In 2005, the Parish Council of Aldercar & Langley Mill, asked for support in conducting a feasibility study on the lack of disabled access, poor lighting, the need for CCTV, and information on the arrival and departure of trains.

The southbound access is reached by a steep set of concrete steps, which are very difficult in dark, wet or icy weather. They are unusable, by those who had mobility impairment, parents with pushchairs, or travellers with suitcases.

This cause was taken up by members of the Heanor & District 50+ in 2009. A letter was written to the then MP Judy Mallaber to ask for it to be brought to the attention of the Government.

In 2010, a letter was written to the current MP Nigel Mills, where we were informed that improvements were allocated in the following year's budget and it was suggested that we write to East Midland Trains and Network Rail. The Secretary of the 50+, John Flint did so and we were told that some form of improvement was being considered. There was a pot of £35 million allocated for disabled access. Nothing happened.

We also wrote to the current Secretary of State for Transport, Phillip Hammond MP. The reply from his department had nothing to do with the question we had asked.

In 2012, I, Judith Woolley, became secretary of the 50+ and I wrote to our MP. In his reply, he said that Alfreton would get priority because there was a greater footfall. So, in the summer of 2012 the committee sent out a survey to their members and an on-line survey was created,

Of those who did reply said that if the station had a better access and was cleaner and less dark, they would use it.

The small survey done at Heanor Gate science College, showed that many of the young people did not know there was a station, and that the lack of access and car parking prevents using the train for school trips.

There is no doubt that the lack of facilities prevents the increase in footfall and therefore works against the community.

An improved station, would, most definitely create a better entrance to the area which has historical and environmental assets which are not used as they could be. It is also the "Gateway " to Amber Valley.