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Newbury Park station to get step-free access in two years

PUBLISHED: 11:22 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 16 March 2017

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan with Ilford South MP Mike Gapes and Redbridge Council leader, Jas Athwal at Newbury Park station in July.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan with Ilford South MP Mike Gapes and Redbridge Council leader, Jas Athwal at Newbury Park station in July.

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Work to bring lifts to Newbury Park station is now expected to be completed by spring in 2019.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan initially announced that lifts would be installed by the end of 2017, eight years after work first began.

But now it is expected that the work will take two years.

David Stephens, chairman of the Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Associations, said campaigners had been assured an earlier finish would be aimed for if possible.

He said: “Mr Khan was too optimistic when he said that the works would start and finish this year.

“London Underground is trying to achieve step-free access at many more stations by putting out works and ordering the lifts for many stations at once, thereby making savings through economies of scale.

“In regard to Newbury Park, as the scheme proposals have changed from those in 2009 it will be necessary for London Underground to obtain consent from Redbridge Council to a variation of the planning permission.”

But Redbridge’s London Assembly member Keith Prince criticised the news.

He said: “Step-free access at Newbury Park Station is vital for many local residents, and these delays are extremely disappointing.

“The mayor announced -to great fanfare- that this work would be completed in 2017, and only a couple months later that promise has fallen apart.

“This comes as no surprise to any keen observer of the mayor, as he has already broken promises on freezing fares, stopping strikes, and building homes.

“Sadiq Khan needs to explain why these delays are continuing, and why he has allowed this promise to local residents to be broken.”

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