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Author Topic: Goring and Streatley Station - facilities and improvements (merged topic)  (Read 52952 times)
john_boler
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« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2017, 09:56:38 AM »

Although they were not opened formally until 26 September 2016, on 8 September 2017 the lifts at Goring and Streatley will have been available for public use for one year. Initially the lifts were under local control only when the station was staffed. Then local control was extended to every day from 6am to 5.30pm. Since the formal opening they have been open under passenger control from 6am to 10.30pm, with remote monitoring and control between 10.30pm and 6am. In practice the remote control system is so cumbersome that passengers do not use it.

At the risk of tempting fate I am pleased to report that there has been no known incident since a brief entrapment of a passenger during the two week "teething" period before the official opening. This experience is in stark contrast to some of the pessimistic predictions posted on this Forum in advance of (a) the decision to instal lifts and (b) their opening a year ago.

We hope that our representations to Network Rail and the Oxfordshire highways to widen the pavement in Wallingford Road, alongside the station will have an equally positive outcome.

We are very grateful to Network Rail and Great Western Railway, and to their contractors, especially Murphy Group, for their constructive approach to all our representations during the works at Goring and Streatley station, even when they have not been able to grant all our wishes. We are also grateful to our MP, John Howell for his support.

John Boler, Chairman, Mobility Issues Group for Goring and Streatley
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« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2017, 10:03:23 AM »

The food and drink symbol on the orientation plaque, made redundant by closure of the Queens Arms pub, now has new salience with the opening on the old pub site of a spanking new Tesco Express store. Food and drink are now available to passengers from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.
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« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2017, 12:32:00 PM »

Thanks for the update, John.

Now that performance of such a system has been demonstrated at Goring (as well at other locations) hopefully the similarly busy stations nearby at Pangbourne and Tilehurst can also now successfully demonstrate that it would be money well spent to provide them?  Pangbourne's layout might be an obstacle to that happening though?

I see Burnham's lift installation is nearing completion, though being a Crossrail station it, and many others, will come under that scheme - although I think Burnham came under an 'access for all' fund announced before Crossrail relented to pressure and announced all its stations would be fully accessible.
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