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Shoe repair shop could have to vacate Ilford station by summer 2018

PUBLISHED: 09:15 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 28 March 2018

Jimmy Papi, in his shop unit Kristi's Shoe Repair attached to Ilford Station. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Jimmy Papi, in his shop unit Kristi's Shoe Repair attached to Ilford Station. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Despite more than 1,500 residents backing a petition to save a cobbler which has traded in Ilford Station for 25 years, Transport for London (TfL) said there is no room for it with the Ilford station Elizbeth Line upgrade.

He has not been given a diffrent space to operate from. Picture: Ellie Hoskins.He has not been given a diffrent space to operate from. Picture: Ellie Hoskins.

Howard Smith, operations director, responded to the campaign on Change.org and said Kristi’s Shoe repairs has until the summer of 2018 to trade.

“Due to limitations on the size of the site, the new entrance will not be able to accommodate any business units in the layout,” he said.

“The new station building will include greater space for passenger movement, more ticket barriers and larger ticket hall; three new lifts to create step-free access from street to platform and wide doorways onto the street to replace the single one currently in use.

“The redevelopment and improvement of Ilford station has long been part of the Crossrail project and the introduction of Elizabeth line services will significantly improve journey opportunities for the residents of Ilford.

Jimmy Papi, in his shop unit Kristi's Shoe Repair attached to Ilford Station. Picture: Ellie HoskinsJimmy Papi, in his shop unit Kristi's Shoe Repair attached to Ilford Station. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

“Owners and occupiers of Ilford Station were included in the procedures of the Crossrail Bill when it went through Parliament and given the chance to petition the Select Committee which examined the legislation.”

Mr Smith wished the owner well in securing alternative premises to relocate the business and said as much notice as possible will be given for an exact date to vacate.

A spokesperson for the shop wrote to the many signatures in response to TfL’s announcement.

“Firstly, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and all of your kind messages -It is appreciated more than you know,” it read.

Jimmy Papi, in his shop unit Kristi's Shoe Repair attached to Ilford Station. Picture: Ellie HoskinsJimmy Papi, in his shop unit Kristi's Shoe Repair attached to Ilford Station. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

“Unfortunately, as you will see from TFL’s response to the petition, despite our efforts, Kristi’s is still planned to close later this year and no offer of a site inside the new station has been made.

“Obviously, this isn’t the outcome I wanted, but I am still determined to continue to petition TFL and others involved to consider making space for Kristi’s in the new station.”

“I thank you all once again for your continued support and your thoughtful messages.”

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