St Neots £6million bridge lifts switched off at night

15:02 05 March 2014

St Neots footbridge lifts are not in operation overnight.

St Neots footbridge lifts are not in operation overnight.

KenChallenger

The £6million footbridge at St Neots Railway Station might be officially open but the lifts which are a vital service for those with mobility problems are switched off overnight.

The lifts work only between 6am and 8pm, meaning that any passengers that catch late trains or head out of the town after this time are not able to use them.

The footbridge was officially opened by representatives from Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, First Capital Connect and Network Rail on February 19, although the bridge has been accessible since February 7. The lift times are in line with those at Huntingdon station where they are also switched off at 
8pm.

A spokesman for First Capital Connect said: “The lifts are only in operation when staff are present at the station for safety reasons.

“However, we are taking positive steps towards 24 hours a day operation in the near future.”

Commuters have also complained that the cost of parking at St Neots station costs more than at Huntingdon station, which has often been cited as the source of the parking chaos in the Longsands Road area of the town. Parking currently costs £5.60 per day at Huntingdon and £7.70 at St Neots.

He added: “Huntingdon and St Neots car parks are priced competitively for their respective areas.

“Our car parks at Bedford and Harlington both share the same market conditions with St Neots and are priced similarly.

“However, we do listen to our customers and in recognition of people’s concerns, we froze tariffs at St Neots this year – a real-terms price cut.”

2 comments

  • Sorry but i disagree. I am disabled and take the 6.38 train every morning. and return on the 5.50. the lifts were only operational twice last week. I was really looking forward to the lifts, but so far am not impressed. when they work they are brilliant, but as they are hardly turned on, what a waste, same as all the turnstiles they have installed, as the shutters are down more than they are up. which means we are all herded like cattle through one little exit.

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    townie

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • The FCC spokesperson has been misinformed. In the past 6 years of commuting (Mon-Fri) I've yet to see a member of staff at the station after 7pm. Furthermore, the new bridge is poorly located, as the staircase on platform 1 & 2 is situated right behind the shelter. Therefore, during the peak periods it causes crowding down both sides of the shelter, meaning people are very close to the platform edge. In addition to this, when you catch the 18:40 from King’s Cross you’ll find all the ticket barriers closed at St Neots with just one door to exit through – causing even more congestion! I’ve yet to see how this £6million bridge has been of benefit.

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    Jason Redford

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

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