Goring and Streatley – “Accessible by Train” to disabled visitors


MIGGS, the Mobility Issues Group for Goring and Streatley wants more mobility impaired people to enjoy the countryside of the Goring Gap, taking advantage of its accessible paths and visitor facilities and accessibility improvements recently introduced at Goring and Streatley railway station.
The group, which in 2014 made a successful case for the installation of passenger lifts and other accessible facilities at the station, has now produced a leaflet, Accessible by Train, to encourage disabled visitors and make them feel welcome when they arrive.
The initiative is supported by the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and by National Trails, which represents the Ridgeway and Thames Path long distance trails that converge on and cross Goring bridge. All three bodies are keen to attract and accommodate the needs of disabled visitors to the area and have cooperated in production and distribution of the leaflet. They are working steadily to increase accessibility on both sides of the Thames, by removing stiles, levelling paths and improving information and signage.
The Accessible by Train leaflet was produced with sponsorship from Great Western Railway and Goring-on-Thames parish council. It will be on display at local railway stations, libraries and tourist information offices in and around the Thames valley and can be downloaded from: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/leaflets/ . It will also be promoted on the websites of GWR, district and parish councils in the Thames valley and voluntary bodies and charities that serve the needs of disabled people.
MIGGS is a local voluntary group whose aim is to exchange information and represent the interests of residents of Goring, Streatley and surrounding communities who have limited mobility. The leaflet points out that Goring and Streatley station is the gateway to the Goring Gap, a natural corridor carved through the chalk some 12,000 years ago, overlooked by ancient, open and wooded landscapes protected by the National Trust. The station has lifts to all platforms, a Radar key accessible toilet and a wheelchair-level booking counter. It is also the hub of local bus services. Within easy walking distance of the station are an accessible riverside with picnic areas, historic churches, restaurants, cafés, pubs, a youth hostel and all major services including gift and grocery shops, an ATM and a fully accessible hotel.

For more details contact: : John Boler, chairman, MIGGS: contact.miggs@gmail.com