THIS week, Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve writes exclusively to Bucks Free Press readers:

I write this at the end of a more than usually gruelling summer but, in any event, as the new Prime Minister settles into the tasks ahead, whatever happens we do want to see continuity in terms of issues where funding has been agreed for purposes where the outcome is going to be of undoubted benefit.

One of those areas is the funding which has been promised for Beaconsfield Station to improve access for disabled people.

In a constituency where a great many people use the trains to get to work, people with mobility problems need better access to the transport system. I emphasis that I don’t think that this programme and these improvements are under any question.

It’s a case of taking stock and making sure these overall goals aren’t allowed to be forgotten.

Things do slip – let’s not forget Crossrail, where the opening date has slipped back significantly!

Back in April, Beaconsfield Station was nominated as one of 73 stations which are going to benefit for additional funding in the Access for All programme.

The overall aim is to deliver an accessible, step free route for passengers. Other necessary work to make improvements would also take place to support this.

At the beginning of July, Nusrat Ghani MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, gave a commitment to extend the Access for All programme with a further £300 million of funding.

The work on Beaconsfield Station is part of that, with the work programme for the whole scheme due to take place between 2019 and


Access for All also has the goal of including people with non-visible disabilities in its provisions.

That involves helping people who have mental, cognitive, learning, psychological and neurological disabilities.

That’s in line with the revised Blue Badge scheme.