We are trailing 30 years behind
READER M Fleming says the quality of train travel has seriously declined since privatisation. I feel embarrassed by the starved of investment, run down, not fit for purpose, local Greater Bristol railways.
The condition of, for example, Bedminster, Parson Street, Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road, Montpelier, Redland, Sea Mills, Shirehampton stations leave a lot to be desired. The facilities are a disgrace.
There are no toilets, no disabled access at Lawrence Hill and or Parson Street stations. Parson Street station graffiti evident on retaining walls, track-side location boxes, also on metal girders supporting the road bridge.
Rubbish from houses backing onto the railway has been dumped on the track bed of a down relief line in the station limits and on the up relief line.
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I have lost count of the times I have asked decision makers to have the rubbish cleaned up and what is happening to the provision of disabled access at Lawrence Hill and Parson Street stations?
All I can say I think I am being ignored and my pleas appear to be falling on deaf ears.
It seems I have been ignored on unsightly vegetation growing on the ends of Bedminster, Parson Street, Lawrence Hill, and Stapleton Road stations. This is after writing countless letters to decision makers and site visits to stations with representatives of Network Rail and First Great Western.
For a city like Bristol it is a disgrace to have third world transport facilities, to say I am embarrassed and ashamed is a understatement.
We are under achieving falling short of what is required, punching well below are belt, and being badly let down by decision makers. Something has to change, we cannot go on in this tin pot way.
We need to bring Bristol and the Greater Bristol area into the 21st century.
Places like Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham are probably 20 to 30 years ahead of us on transport. How did we ever get so far left behind? I wont go down that road.