Campaign for lifts at Newbury Park Underground station steps up

Residents are upping their campaign for lifts at Newbury Park Underground station after work on step-free access stalled four years ago.

Transport for London (TfL) cleared land and built walls for planned lifts at the station, in Eastern Avenue, in 2009 but the project was stopped after funds ran short.

The Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents’ Association is renewing pressure on TfL to provide step-free access after plans for lifts at nearby Seven Kings station were also scrapped by Crossrail.

Member Peter Robinson said: “We believe that the cancellation of this work and the changes to the Crossrail plans for Seven Kings station mean that local residents are being denied access to the public transport system and that this is unacceptable in the 21st century.”

A TfL spokesman said there are currently “no plans” to renew work on step-free access at the station.

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There are currently 67 accessible stations in the network and TfL is hoping to treble the number of journeys able to be made by a step-free route by 2021.

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