Regarding the issue of provision lifts at stations to meet the new disabled act requirements and making station better accessible for all, security and vandalism is a problem that will have to be addressed by Metro and train operating companies, and Network Rail.
I wish to point out that the present council policy is to encourage the use of public transport and people to visit the Calder Valley, by public transport.
Points to consider:
The increase in vandalism. Graffiti is not just affecting stations, and the rail network, but towns and villages alike in West Yorkshire
They need a CCTV partnership arrangement between Metro, Train operators, Network Rail, Calderdale Council
For too long the majority of rail passengers have suffered the actions of a few, resulting in only the basic facilities provided at many railway stations i.e., no toilets, unheated plastic shelters, metal seats.
Furthermore, I feel that sometimes the vandalism card is used not to provide better facilities, instead putting in place a program to overcome this problem
It needs joint accommodation at stations for local community patrol officers, proposed transport warden services, possible use of existing station buildings.
Michael R Allen