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.
From May 2018, most Manchester-bound trains use platform 2 (rather than the accessible platform 3). Having to negotiate a steep set of steps is bad enough, but having reached the platform it gets no better. The height difference between the platform is and the train is 51cm (or, if you prefer imperial measurements, 1’9″).
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.