SMART has repeatedly tried to raise the issue of access to Marsden Station. We have always received the reply that it is too difficult and too expensive to create access for disabled people, older people and people with push chairs to Platform 1.
Since Network Rail is in the process of considering what enhancements are needed in order to provide for more trains along the route, there would appear to be an even stronger case now for improving the access at the same time.
It is proposed that from May 2018, most Manchester-bound trains will use platform 2 (rather than the accessible platform 3). We have made clear our opposition to this, and will continue to do so. The pressing need is to improve access, not to bring access for Manchester-bound trains down to the unacceptable standards of the Huddersfield-bound platform.