AN MP has stepped up his campaign to improve disabled access to a railway station in his constituency.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones is concerned that those in wheelchairs and other mobility problems can only get on to only one of the platforms at Church and Oswaldtwistle without using the steps.

In February Graham Jones was disappointed when East Lancashire line operator Northern said the station was not high enough up on its priority list for improvement.

Currently the Oswaldtwistle side has a path up to the platform suitable for wheelchairs but the Church side is only accessible by steps.

Last week Mr Jones visited Church and Oswaldtwistle Railway Station to discuss improving disabled access at the station with the regional director of Northern Chris Jackson and local disability campaigner, Valerie Martin.

He said, “Whilst it was good to see improvements at the station, such as new shelters, the ticket machine and the Rotary Club’s brilliant flower beds, we need the station to be better accessible.

"I have been meeting local campaigners who are seeking improved disabled access at this station.

"Church and Oswaldtwistle’s station has disabled access on just one platform; the only way to access the other platform is using a steep set of steps.

"This causes huge problems for many people, especially the elderly, disabled and people with prams."