Web site of the Friends of Bruton Railway Station and supporters of Castle Cary Station

 

 

At Bruton there is no problem with getting onto trains on Platform 1, leaving for Bristol and stations on the way there, or for trains arriving from Weymouth and stations on the way from there.

     The difficulty is with trains arriving at Platform 2 from the Bristol direction or leaving in the Weymouth direction, since the footbridge over the tracks has no ramp for wheelchairs. Construction of a ramp would involve huge capital costs, and many other places would have priority before Bruton for any funds available.     If you call First Great Western at least 24 hours before travel they can arrange help for you. The number for this service is 0800 197 1329 (lines open 0700 - 2200 hrs).  You can also apply on line, and again you need to do this at least 24 hours before travel, using the FGW link at the bottom of this page.

     

At Castle Cary the problem is also because of a footbridge with no wheelchair ramp, affecting passengers using Platforms 2 and 3, arriving from London or Bristol or leaving for Exeter and the west, and all those arriving from or going to Yeovil, Weymouth, and stations on the way.

    If you call First Great Western at least 24 hours before travel they can arrange help for you. The number for this service is 0800 197 1329 (lines open 0700 - 2200 hrs).  You can also apply on line, and again you need to do this at least 24 hours before travel, using the FGW link at the bottom of this page.

 

At Gillingham too there is a footbridge with no wheelchair ramp. Most trains come to the main platform which gives level access, but for some you have to cross the bridge. For help click on the SWT link below or call 0800 52 82 100. Assume you need to give at least 24 hours notice, as you do for FGW.

 

To find out more about the layout and facilities at any of the four stations click on the name of the one you want: Bruton, Castle Cary, Westbury or Gillingham. At the bottom of the page about each station you’ll find a line about Accessibility and Mobility Access: click on the link at the end of the line to see a drop-down list.

 

Assisted Travel more generally

Help is widely available throughout the rail system for those who need it. For more detailed information click on First Great Western, South West Trains or for journeys involving other companies National Rail.

 

 

 

 

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Accessibility and Assisted Travel