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Bute’s community councillors hear of elderly transport concerns

Bute Community Council heard of concerns that some elderly passengers at the ferry terminal and train station at Wemyss Bay were struggling with accessing transport services.

Bute Community Council heard of concerns that some elderly passengers at the ferry terminal and train station at Wemyss Bay were struggling with accessing transport services.

 

Concerns over the accessibility of public transport for elderly island residents were raised at Bute Community Council on Monday evening.

Community councillor Barbara Hill told the council: “There’s an elderly community who would actually like to get on the train at Wemyss Bay station – but they can’t, as the gap on the platform is horrendous, and there’s nobody to help them across.

“I feel that the platform on the left-hand side is the problem, as there never seems to be an issue on the right-hand side one.”

Further to this, Barbara said that when the ferry’s pedestrian ramp is out of order at Wemyss Bay, elderly passengers travel to the ticket office at the bottom on the building only to be told to go straight back up again to board via the car-deck.

“Why does no-one tell them at the top that they don’t need to travel to the bottom –surely they could get tickets at the Portacabin?”

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