I have pressed the minister for Transport in Parliament this week to call for investment in accessibility at Flint railway station.
Currently, Network Rail are undertaking a review of train stations across the network to ensure that stations with poor levels of accessibility are improved. This is part of the UK Government Inclusive Transport Strategy announced 25 July 2018 which released up to £300m of funding to complete the programme.
I contacted Network Rail to support a bid in for funding to improve Flint station as currently the only way to get from the car park to the eastbound platform is to either cross one of two footbridges, neither of which have ramp access, or to walk under the railway line and up Corporation Street.
Nominations are now being considered and it is hoped that Flint will be one of the stations that will gain investment.
Flint is an important railway station for our community. We have seen a great deal of investment in the number of journeys that can be undertaken from it after years of campaigning from myself and local pressure groups. The last piece of the jigsaw puzzle is for the station to get much needed investment.
Our public transport system should be accessible to all and currently Flint station is falling far short of where I, and many passengers, would like to see it. The distance between the car park and the southside platform is too long without use of the footbridges and we need investment to improve this now.
I welcomed the minister’s response in the Commons and hope that we can keep up pressure and get the investment our station deserves.
I was pleased to attend the planting of new trees to form the Queen’s Canopy in Flint.
Recently, Flint became latest location in the international programme to create a Queen’s Canopy with the aim providing a positive environmental legacy for the future.
Over 60 trees were planted in total to mark the number of years served by the Queen to the Commonwealth. The trees were provided through Flintshire County Council and a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees.
It has been a pleasure to work with all involved to secure the new Queen’s Canopy in Flint. This will be a fitting mark of action in Flintshire tackle against climate change in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
I am grateful to Flintshire County Council for adding to the collection of trees donated by the Woodland Trust. Combining the trees together will create a new place for people to gather, sit and enjoy our town. Read more “PLANTING OF THE QUEEN’S CANOPY IN FLINT”
I have joined with UNISON in celebrating school support staff by visiting Ysgol St Mary’s, Flint.
Schools across the UK will be holding award ceremonies, special assemblies, competitions and lunches to recognise the wonderful, and often overlooked, work done by school support staff and I was invited by UNISON to Ysgol St Mary’s to celebrate the work of their teaching assistants.
Last year UNISON and schools organised celebrations for teaching assistants in hundreds of schools up and down the UK. This year they have extended the celebration to all school support staff – the unsung heroes of education – through a co-ordinated day of activity.
School support staff have a number of roles within our schools. They ensure that children can learn in a safe and healthy environment. There are many people who work together to make this happen: supervisors; crossing patrol officers; child protection officers; cleaners; janitors; catering staff; and parent support advisers. Read more “Stars in our Schools: Ysgol St. Mary’s, Flint”