MP demands action over step free access to Hackbridge station

This Is Local London: Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake at the locked entrance to the step-free section of Hackbridge staton Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake at the locked entrance to the step-free section of Hackbridge staton

An MP is fighting to improve access for disabled people at a train station as the opening of a new  step-free path has been delayed.

Step-free access to Hackbridge station has been completed but cannot be opened because of a delay in the installation of an Oyster card reader.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake, a long-time campaigner to improve transport facilities for the disabled, has called on Transport for London (TfL) to get the Oyster reader installed and working immediately.

Mr Brake said: "The work has been completed for weeks now and this delay on the TfL side is particularly frustrating. I will continue to press them for a quick resolution of this issue."

Caroline Pidgeon, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Greater London Assembly, said: "Far too few railway stations across London have step-free access so it is incredibly frustrating when any new step-free access schemes are held up at any station.”

The step-free access is part of a £350,000 refurbishment to make the station more accessible for passengers, especially older and disabled people and those with pushchairs or luggage.

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12:01pm Wed 1 Jan 14

leapy says...

Step free access?

What about the gap between the platform and the train - you almost need a set of steps to get on/off the train. Incredibly dangerous and has never been attended to.
Step free access? What about the gap between the platform and the train - you almost need a set of steps to get on/off the train. Incredibly dangerous and has never been attended to. leapy

1:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

EwanRCD says...

Poor article seeing as the entrance was opened to the public on the 20th December some 11 days before this article went on the website. As to the comment from Leapy, the cost of improving the stepping distance is very high and would cost probably £600k per platform. There have been no accidents at this station and with budgetary issues there is no money to improve the situation at this station.
Poor article seeing as the entrance was opened to the public on the 20th December some 11 days before this article went on the website. As to the comment from Leapy, the cost of improving the stepping distance is very high and would cost probably £600k per platform. There have been no accidents at this station and with budgetary issues there is no money to improve the situation at this station. EwanRCD

3:01pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

leapy wrote:
Step free access?

What about the gap between the platform and the train - you almost need a set of steps to get on/off the train. Incredibly dangerous and has never been attended to.
I agree. You need to be a pole-vaulter to manage the chasm between platform and train floor ar rhe Cheam end of Sutton Station platform.
[quote][p][bold]leapy[/bold] wrote: Step free access? What about the gap between the platform and the train - you almost need a set of steps to get on/off the train. Incredibly dangerous and has never been attended to.[/p][/quote]I agree. You need to be a pole-vaulter to manage the chasm between platform and train floor ar rhe Cheam end of Sutton Station platform. Michael Pantlin

4:59pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Giles C says...

No Doubt our intrepid MP will now claim credit for the opening of the gate even though it was open anyway...
Please stop being conned by this man Sutton Guardian..can't you see you are being used?
No Doubt our intrepid MP will now claim credit for the opening of the gate even though it was open anyway... Please stop being conned by this man Sutton Guardian..can't you see you are being used? Giles C

11:35pm Thu 2 Jan 14

leapy says...

EwanRCD wrote:
Poor article seeing as the entrance was opened to the public on the 20th December some 11 days before this article went on the website. As to the comment from Leapy, the cost of improving the stepping distance is very high and would cost probably £600k per platform. There have been no accidents at this station and with budgetary issues there is no money to improve the situation at this station.
What would be the cost of a claim for someone loosing a leg?
Seems that after many years the lack of accidents justifies the lack of action.
[quote][p][bold]EwanRCD[/bold] wrote: Poor article seeing as the entrance was opened to the public on the 20th December some 11 days before this article went on the website. As to the comment from Leapy, the cost of improving the stepping distance is very high and would cost probably £600k per platform. There have been no accidents at this station and with budgetary issues there is no money to improve the situation at this station.[/p][/quote]What would be the cost of a claim for someone loosing a leg? Seems that after many years the lack of accidents justifies the lack of action. leapy

7:29am Fri 3 Jan 14

EwanRCD says...

leapy wrote:
EwanRCD wrote:
Poor article seeing as the entrance was opened to the public on the 20th December some 11 days before this article went on the website. As to the comment from Leapy, the cost of improving the stepping distance is very high and would cost probably £600k per platform. There have been no accidents at this station and with budgetary issues there is no money to improve the situation at this station.
What would be the cost of a claim for someone loosing a leg?
Seems that after many years the lack of accidents justifies the lack of action.
The railway doesn't have a bottomless pit of money. So they have to prioritise where they spend the money. I'm sure NR and Southern would love to fix all the problems at all the stations but it's just not feasible.
[quote][p][bold]leapy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EwanRCD[/bold] wrote: Poor article seeing as the entrance was opened to the public on the 20th December some 11 days before this article went on the website. As to the comment from Leapy, the cost of improving the stepping distance is very high and would cost probably £600k per platform. There have been no accidents at this station and with budgetary issues there is no money to improve the situation at this station.[/p][/quote]What would be the cost of a claim for someone loosing a leg? Seems that after many years the lack of accidents justifies the lack of action.[/p][/quote]The railway doesn't have a bottomless pit of money. So they have to prioritise where they spend the money. I'm sure NR and Southern would love to fix all the problems at all the stations but it's just not feasible. EwanRCD

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