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LOCAL CAMPAIGNER CHAMPIONS DISABILITY ISSUES

PASSENGERS ASKED HOW £80,000 SHOULD BE SPENT AT LITTLEPORT STATION Passengers at Littleport station have been allocated £80,000 as part of the Govia Transport Railway (GTR) Passenger Benefit Fund. The fund has been allocated following the disruption caused by the May 2018 timetable issues. I recently met with Daniel Long, a member of local station team at Littleport who explained more about the fund. Stakeholders will be asked to prioritise ideas ready for a selection and approval process starting in August. The consultation period finishes on 31 July 2019. To have your say visit the GTR website at www. passengerbenefitfund.co.uk/

Local Campaigner Maria Stableford has founded several groups including the Fenland Chronic Illnesses Support Group, at which members are offered online and physical meet-ups, and the Littleport Disability Access Group. Championing local disability issues, it was Maria who photographed and recorded eroded footpaths of Littleport, many of which have now been renewed. Recognising that Littleport railway station had issues for mobility disabled alighting on and off the train, Maria contacted me as her local MP. Last year, we both met with the Department of Rail and Road in London to discuss ideas for improvements and fed into the focus group for rail users. Following our meeting, we were pleased to see that from 30 August 2019, people with “hidden disabilities” will be able to obtain blue badge parking permits enabling them to park closer to their destination. This marks the biggest overhaul of the current system for over forty years and a positive step forward for equality. Maria continues to campaign for disability rights. Following last week’s GTR’s announcement of the £80K ‘Passenger Benefit Fund’ for improvement to Littleport Station, Maria and the Littleport Disability Access Group are submitting their ideas for rail improvement. It is great to have local campaigns doing so much to improve our community. Cleaning carpets in over 100,000 homes

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