The lack of step free access at Ruabon Station remains high on the agenda and this was highlighted recently when Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, visited the area.

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The Minister saw first-hand how disabled users, those with prams or buggies or those users with luggage had no access to both platforms due to the lack of a lift at the station.

Ruabon station is very well used

The station is very well used with over 102,000 visits in 2018/19 and over the past few years over £600,000 has been invested by ourselves and the Regional Transport Consortia to develop the station develop as a transport hub which has provided funding for improved car parking, bus and rail interchange, improvements to shelters, a new entrance and CCTV.

But further investment by Welsh and UK Governments is essential to bring the much needed access to both platforms.

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Government funding is essential to bring this station up to the standards its users deserve. It’s the only station on the Chester to Shrewsbury line that doesn’t meet passenger needs and is part of the gateway access for Llangollen and the World Heritage Site at Pontcysyllte. I hope 2021 will be the year we see substantial investment in this area.”

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