Work starts to ramp up station

Peter Brolly on the site with Motherwell North councillors Helen McKenna and Peter Nolan

Peter Brolly on the site with Motherwell North councillors Helen McKenna and Peter Nolan

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A NEW Stevenston man is looking forward to using a rail station that lies just a few yards from his home for the first time in years.

Peter Brolly moved to Bluebell Walk in 1979, but having been in a wheelchair for 35 years was rarely able to access nearby Holytown Station.

He said: “When I had a manual chair you could sometimes bump up the kerbs and go along Station Road, but now it’s so overgrown you wouldn’t try and there is just no other way of getting down to the platform.”

Peter has been campaigning for the past nine years to have better disabled access to Holytown Station and his persistence has finally paid off.

North Lanarkshire Council has awarded a £57,000 to Stewart Landscapes to construct a new stairway and DDA-compliant access ramp from Holm Street.

Peter added: “The new ramp will make a such a difference.”

Full story in this week’s Times & Speaker, out March 28.