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Community associations ‘welcome’ politicians’ call for improved Newbury Park station access

PUBLISHED: 10:30 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:40 26 October 2016

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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Members of two community associations have welcomed the news that an open letter calling for step-free access at a tube station has been penned.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, Ilford North MP Wes Streeting and Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal wrote a joint letter on Monday to deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross asking for discussions about step-free access at Newbury Park station to be made a priority.

Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents’ Association (SKNPRA) secretary Mark Kennedy said it was good to see politicians supporting the efforts of SKNPRA and the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association (AHDA).

He said: “We see the politicians’ signed letter as a positive step forward in our joint SKNPRA and AHDA campaign for Newbury Park station to have step-free access and it is important that the lift programme is included in TfL’s project budget works programme before the end of 2016.”

Both SKNPRA and AHDA initially requested a meeting with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in June.

Mr Khan had visited the station in July and pledged to address issues within his first 14 days of being London’s mayor.

He said he would “imminently” consider funding to deliver step-free access and appreciated that residents, particularly people with shopping, the disabled and parents with buggies, had “lost out” when plans for a lift were cancelled in 2009.

“As local residents’ associations we have been campaigning jointly for lifts to be installed at Newbury Park station on both the eastbound and westbound platforms for over three years,” continued Mr Kennedy.

“We have requested an urgent meeting with Valerie to discuss the next steps in our campaign to complete the lift installation at Newbury Park station.

“We are optimistic that we will be able to meet up with her very soon.”


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