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Bath Spa station lift - make your objections ASAP

alfabluealfablue Posts: 8,497
edited May 2010 in Campaign
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

Posts

  • rakerake Posts: 3,281
    +1 for a lift.
  • alfabluealfablue Posts: 8,497
    edited April 2010
    rake wrote:
    +1 for a lift.
    Rake, I never realised you used Bath Spa station!

    We are campaigning against the lift - I think you knew that :roll:
  • rakerake Posts: 3,281
    now and again. :lol::lol:
  • Mr_CellophaneMr_Cellophane Posts: 575
    Why do they need to demolish the ramp after the lift is installed ? Can't they have both ?
    And save the cost of demolition !
  • alfabluealfablue Posts: 8,497
    Why do they need to demolish the ramp after the lift is installed ? Can't they have both ?
    And save the cost of demolition !
    I think the idea is to free up the space the ramp takes for commercial (food) outlets. You can see it is quite a large area, it has cars parked up it and leads to a car park at platform level. It does mean there is easy access for people with disabilities in that their car or taxi can stop right beside the platform and on the same level, and of course cyclists can ride up to the platform to use the cycle parking there or to take their bikes on the train. There is a similar ramp serving the other platform.

    I can understand the commercial pressures that lead them to reclaim this ramp for business purposes but the impact on accessibility will be great and will not be resolved by a small lift.
    ramp1.jpg
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