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Students in call for step-free access at Newbury Park station

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:02 18 February 2015

Ben Morris and Sana Tahir on stage

Ben Morris and Sana Tahir on stage

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Sixth form students from a special needs school have joined the campaign for disabled access lifts at Newbury Park station.

Little Heath School pupils gave a presentation and encourage other children to sign the petition.

Ben Morris, 54, head of sixth form at the school in Hainault Road, Little Heath, explained the significance of the campaign.

“One of the most important things we are teaching at this school is to help young people become as independent as possible, to use public transport to travel around.

“Without lifts at Newbury Park it limits classes which have students with access issues. It is hard to teach them these skills if we cannot access the Tube.”

Mr Morris said the students enjoyed a trip to central London, despite having to take the Tube from Stratford.

He said: “The students noticed that almost every station had disabled access facilities.”

Little Heath’s sixth form has three students using wheelchairs, two with walking frames and others with conditions which affect their access such as cerebral palsy.

Sana Tahir and Jacob Sanger, both 17, gave presentations on why students should sign the petition.

The Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association said the petition now has 2,500 signatures.

Transport for London and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson have set aside £75million, with match funding from local councils and developers, to install disabled access lifts at 12 stations across the capital.

Gareth Powell, director of strategy and service development at London Underground, said: “One such station could be Newbury Park. However the availability of local third party funding will need to be explored further and then commercial negotiations progressed before a step-free access programme and timing can be confirmed.”


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