MP urges action on Lockerbie Station Lifts
Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell has called for more transparency among bosses at Lockerbie train station over responsibility of the disabled lift facilities at the station.
Mr Mundell was contacted by a worried constituent last November about the reliability of the disabled lifts, as it was revealed that at least one of the lifts had broken down six times within the previous five months.
After clarifying with Transport Scotland who had overall responsibility for the lifts, Mr Mundell said: "I hope this ongoing issue with the lifts at Lockerbie station is finally closer to being resolved, although I'm disappointed at the delay in obtaining a satisfactory response.
“Local passengers who travel from Lockerbie to Edinburgh and Glasgow shouldn't have to worry about whether or not the disabled lifts will be working upon their return. The only alternative when the lifts are out of use is to go to Carlisle and back again, which is completely unacceptable.
"I contacted ScotRail as to how it manages passengers who have booked disabled assistance to and from Lockerbie station, and have already raised with Network Rail the issues of reliability and time taken to rectify faults with the lifts. I have also had assurances that these issues will be discussed at the next monthly station meeting which Transport Scotland hosts, with both ScotRail and Network Rail in attendance.
“There is no excuse for the lifts being out of use on a far too frequent basis, particularly after my campaigning so hard for them to be installed in 2008 in the first place."