Ascot station users face half-mile walk because of wet leaves

Rail commuters face a half-mile detour after a footpath was closed because of wet leaves.

The path between Ascot railway station and the town's high street was closed by South West Trains last month.

South West Trains - Network Rail Alliance said: "We do not believe it is safe for our passengers to use this path to enter and exit the station."

It said the path would only be opened during special events when "extra staff were available at the station".

Ascot and Cheapside councillor David Hilton, said: "It's difficult to understand, it's never been closed before because of leaves. It's taking a parental view of people making choices.

"At night you might not choose to use it, but during the day time I still think that it's a path that's of value to local residents."

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