Modernising Newbury Park station is ‘just cosmetic’ says campaigner

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 July 2015

The Newbury Park residents' association who want step free access to the station (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

The Newbury Park residents' association who want step free access to the station (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)


Makeover plans for a tube station have come under fire after campaigners said they would rather money went towards installing lifts.

Transport for London (TfL) will be starting improvement works at Newbury Park from Monday, expected to take up to a month.

The work – which includes closing the ticket window and moving staff into the ticket hall – is part of TfL’s plan to “modernise” the tube.

But Ron Jeffries, of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association (AHDA), urged TfL to “leave it alone” and instead save the money to go towards installing lifts instead of “mad-cap schemes”.

“All they are doing is cosmetic work – it won’t make a difference,” he said.

In 2009 TfL started constructing lift shafts but after running out of money was forced to suspend the project.

Since then, the organisation has said it would provide half the money to complete the project but insisted the council would need to match fund.

Mark Kennedy, membership secretary and press and publicity officer for the Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association (SKNPRA), said he thought the improvement work was positive.

“This area is looking tired and worn out,” he said.

“The fact that any money is being spent on the station is positive.”

He said AHDA and SKNPRA had already collected more than 3,000 signatures on a petition to Mayor of London Boris Johnson and deputy mayor Roger Evans to put pressure on TfL to introduce step-free access.

Petitions can be signed at Britannia Chemist, Aldborough Road South, MBN Wines and Grocers, Stainforth Road and Newsagents and Confectionery outlet, outside Newbury Park station.

Nobody from TfL was available to comment when contacted by the Recorder.

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