Station bridge access debate in Parliament

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SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield has called a debate in Parliament today about pedestrian access through railway stations.

The Labour politician has organised the event after long-running controversy over the future of the footbridge at Sheffield station, where the Department for Transport wants to erect ticket barriers to cut fare evasion which is estimated to cost £2 million each year in Sheffield alone.

But people living around Park Hill and Norfolk Park, and tram passengers, want the bridge to be kept open because they use it to access the city centre. They say more staff should be employed to check tickets on trains instead.

The debate will take place this afternoon at the end of Parliamentary business.

Mr Blomfield said: “I’ll be using my debate to raise the long-running campaign to maintain pedestrian access through Sheffield station.

“Ticket barriers across the bridge would mean my constituents who live nearby would lose a safe, secure and accessible route into the city centre. The pedestrian bridge was built using public money and the needs of the public should be put first.”