Search

Plans to make Ilford train station accessible in 2018 “not soon enough”

06:58 07 July 2014

Mrs Abida Iqbal MBE

Mrs Abida Iqbal MBE

Archant

Plans to make Ilford train station step-free in 2018 are “not soon enough”, a disability campaigner has said.

Three new lifts are due to be installed at the station as part of the Crossrail scheme, estimated to be completed four years from now.

But Abida Iqbal MBE, chairman of Redbridge Disabled Women’s Welfare Association, said making the station accessible for all should be a priority.

Mrs Iqbal said: “People really do need step-free access.

“They need it beforehand – it can’t wait until 2018.

“Four years is too far away.”

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes agreed Ilford needed step-free access “as soon as we can”, but said it would not happen before Crossrail.

“I’m very pleased that it’s coming with Crossrail,” he told the Recorder.

“We do need step-free access and we need it as soon as we can.

“They are not going to do any engineering [before 2018] because it’s scheduled as part of Crossrail.”

He said improvements had been planned but were delayed in 2010 due to funding cuts announced in the comprehensive spending review.

“It’s coming in 2018, it should have come earlier,” he added.

Mr Gapes said he was also “hopeful” that a campaign to make Seven Kings station accessible would be successful.

Currently it is one of seven Crossrail sites not due to be made step-free.

Lianna Etkind, campaigns coordinator at the charity Transport for All, said it was “imperative” that Seven Kings be included in the improvements.

She said: “When Ilford station finally becomes step-free, disabled and older residents will at last be able to use their local station with the same freedom and independence as everyone else.

“However, the real scandal is that under current plans, we will remain locked out from Seven Kings station and six other Crossrail stations will remain out of bounds to disabled people.”

Last month, joint sponsors of Crossrail, the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL), reaffirmed their aim to make the entire route accessible.

A spokeswoman for Transport for London said today the organisation was currently undertaking feasibility studies on making Seven Kings step-free.

She said: “We understand it’s a very sensitive issue for people.

“That’s why we are so committed.

“We are undertaking the work now. Sometimes it does just take a bit of time.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, was murdered in Woodford Bridge on Saturday night. Photo: @MostAuthentic

A teenage girl warned two boys to stop arguing – “it’s a 16th birthday party” – moments before one of them was stabbed to death, a court heard.

44 minutes ago
Circo Rumbaba bring their Giant whale to Barkingside. 
Young Pirates Darshan (5) and Kishy (4) Luby.

Something fishy occurred on Saturday when young pirates cast off their shoes and squeezed into a life-sized 50 foot inflatable Sperm Whale.

Yesterday, 17:34
St Mary's Church, High Road, South Woodford. Food and Fun Day.
1st Woodford (st Marys) Guide Unit cooking up sausages l-r: Millie Smith (10), Anika Rajatopalin (11), Anne Snowden, Anthea Loganathan and Daisy Hutchinson (11).

People of all ages came together for a “brilliant” day of food and fun at a church.

Yesterday, 15:49
Firefighters past and present gathered at Woodford Fire Station to mark 150 years of the London Fire Brigade

Firefighters past and present gathered at Woodford fire station to mark 150 years of the London Fire Brigade.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe