Success for action group as step-free access confirmed for Seven Kings Crossrail station

Redbridge Transport Action Group campaigning for step-free access at Seven Kings Crossrail station

Redbridge Transport Action Group campaigning for step-free access at Seven Kings Crossrail station - Credit: Archant

Disability campaigners are celebrating after winning a two-year fight for Seven Kings station to be made step free.

Redbridge Action Transport Group had been vying for the new stations to be made fully accessible when the new train line opens in 2019.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Transport for London announced Seven Kings would be made step free along with Maryland, Manor Park and Hanwell.

TfL said it was now working with the Department for Transport to make the remaining three Crossrail stations outside of London also accessible.

Abdul Jamil, who lives in Clayhall and is a member of the group, said step-free access would make “a huge difference” to people’s lives.

The 46-year-old, who uses a mobility scooter, said: “I’m really happy. It’s not just about me – so many disabled, older people and mums with children all want step free access.

“There are no words to describe my feelings.

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“They are promising this so let’s see what will happen now. At least they are doing something.”

The cost of improvements to the four stations is expected to be around £19m, provided though efficiencies and reallocating the operating budget.

Yesterday, the Mayor also confirmed a £75million fund was being created to install lifts at Tube stations across London, with Newbury Park listed as a potential beneficiary.

The cash will be used to match contributions from councils and developers.

The news follows more than a year of campaining by Transport for All, an organisation representing disabled and older transport users.

Campaigns co-ordinator Lianna Etkind said the news meant Crossrail would be a “truly public transport system”.

“This is a Paralympic legacy London can be proud of,” she said.

“This is a big step forward for our ability to get out and about with the same freedom and independence as everyone else.”

Step free access was already committed for 33 of the 40 stations on the Crossrail route.

All stations will be staffed when trains are running, providing turn-up and-go assistance for train users.

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