Emma’s campaign for better disabled access at Kirkby station sees petition handed into parliament

Emma Donaldson, of Hucknall who is campaigning for better disabled access at Kirkby Railway station, pictured with Sherwood MP Mark Spencer and Coun Ben Bradley.
Emma Donaldson, of Hucknall who is campaigning for better disabled access at Kirkby Railway station, pictured with Sherwood MP Mark Spencer and Coun Ben Bradley.
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A wheelchair user with a rare condition who is campaigning to make Kirkby train station more disabled-friendly has had her petition with more than 500 signatures handed into parliament by her MP.

Emma Donaldson, a wheelchair user, visits friends in Kirkby regularly but has to travel through Kirkby Station to Mansfield and get a bus back to Kirkby, as she cannot get out of the station there.

Earlier this year she began to build a petition, and enlisted the support of her MP, Mark Spencer. Together with volunteers they took the petition out to the streets and gathered names, and Mr Spencer has now presented the petition to Parliament. It will now be looked at by the Department for Transport, who will respond to Emma’s request.

Emma said: “I’m so pleased that this has come this far, and I hope we can make something happen. It’s really important that people have fair access to travel and services regardless of disability, and I’m grateful to Mark, to my local Councillor Ben and the team that came out and helped me put it together.”

Mark said: “It’s a great cause and Emma has worked incredibly hard. As I said in my speech it’s difficult to believe that places like stations aren’t all accessible, we live in 2015 and we just take those things for granted, but many of them aren’t and it makes life difficult for a lot of people.”