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Redbridge politicians call for greater access at Newbury Park station

PUBLISHED: 17:35 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:23 25 October 2016

Newbury Park station, where step-free access has been 'an ongoing saga' according to the letter.

Newbury Park station, where step-free access has been 'an ongoing saga' according to the letter.

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Three leading Redbridge politicians have penned an open letter calling for step-free access at Newbury Park station to once again be made a priority.

Preparations for the scheme at the Central line station in Eastern Avenue were carried out back in 2009, before Transport for London budget cuts saw it scrapped.

In a joint letter to deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross, Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, Ilford North MP Wes Streeting and Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal have called for discussions to begin again.

The letter argued that more than four million people used the station last year, and that the number was likely to increase because of the Night Tube.

A further point was made that the station is also the nearest to King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, and yet platforms are not easily accessible.

Speaking at an event at Oaks Park Sixth Form last week, Redbridge Conservative group leader Cllr Paul Canal admitted that former Mayor of London Boris Johnson made a mistake scrapping the scheme six years ago and also called for step-free access to be made a priority.


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