Bath Spa station lift - make your objections ASAP
Quoted from a Bath Cycling Campaign email:
A planning application has now been lodged to put in just one lift that is too small to fit a single bicycle unless up-ended! It will be large enough for one wheelchair and attendant and will then be full. If accepeted, the lift will be installed and the ramp demolished.
Closing date for objections is 5th May Closing date for objections is 5th May
You can view the proposals online and object here:
http://planning.bathnes.gov.uk/PublicAc ... 25FCT0M900
Please do two things today. Object now. It will only take you 5 minutes.
And forward this email on to any email groups you belong to in Bath
Don't delay, do it today.
Here are some facts and questions:
+The capacity of the lift is listed as 10 people. Sounds good? The dimensions of the
proposed lift are 1.5 x 1.1m overall for the lift car which means the internal area may be slighty less. Person capacity measuments of lifts are made by volume, not by area!!
+One folded bike will take up 25 % of the floor space
+A full size bike wont fit.
+One push chair or wheel chair and one adult will fill the space.
+A stretcher will not fit in the lift.
+The scheme is being sold on the basis that the ramp doesnt meet the requiements of the disability discrimination act , (which is debatable) and that this lift will make the station meet modern standards. All very well if true, but how will cyclists exit, what will be the aditional load factor on the stairs and what if there is an emergency with lots of older people needing to exit the platform quickly,
+How long will the queue for the lift be at this the 6th busiest station on the FGW network?
+Why do we really need more catering units around the station, which will result when the ramp is removed?
It's time Multi, B&NES, FGW and Network Rail stopped putting commercial greed before public need.
For more information see http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/news/New-pl ... ticle.html