Crossrail step-free access campaign for Redbridge station refuses to go away

Nicole Benjamin, who has arthritis, says she does not know if she can negotiate steps every day

Nicole Benjamin, who has arthritis, says she does not know if she can negotiate steps every day - Credit: Archant

Calls for Crossrail, set to open in 2018 across London, to be fully step-free continued this week.

Despite London Mayor Boris Johnson saying he wants “all” stations to be step-free, Seven Kings station is one of seven stations without improved accessibility.

Nicole Benjamin, 29, of Hainault, has arthritis in some of her joints and said it depends “on the day” whether she can manage stairs or not.

She said: “At the end of last summer there was no way I could walk up stairs or use the underground.

“The fact is that [Crossrail] even have to consider it and it was not written into the plans originally.


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“It really does make a difference having to plan where you are going to go out with friends on a couple of stairs.”

The six other stations without step-free access are Manor Park and Maryland in Newham, Hanwell in Ealing, and Taplow, Iver and Langley to the West of London.

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“I feel angry that although Crossrail is coming to Redbridge, Seven Kings station has been planned without step-free access,” said Miss Benjamin.

According to the campaign group fighting for Crossrail to reconsider their plans, the cost for step-free access to be introduced would be minimal.

Lianna Etkind, campaigns coordinator at Transport for All, said: “Making Crossrail step-free would cost just 0.2% of the entire Crossrail budget. That’s not an expense, that’s a rounding error.”

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