Petition for step-free access at underground station handed to Mayor of London (From This Is Local London)
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Petition for step-free access at Rayners Lane station handed to Mayor of London
A petition calling for step-free access at a busy Tube station has been presented to the Mayor of London.
Navin Shah, Labour Assembly Member for Harrow and Brent, launched the campaign last year calling for step-free access at Rayners Lane Underground station.
After collecting hundreds of signatures, Mr Shah last week gave the petition, which calls for improvements to the station which serves both the Metropolitan Line and Piccadilly line as well as having extensive bus links, to Boris Johnson
Cllr Shah said: “In submitting the petition at City Hall I’ve conveyed the message to the Mayor of London that the residents, businesses and commuters are keen that the station has step-free access.
"This much needed improved access with lifts for the elderly, families with young children and disabled people will also help local traders and enhance economic growth.
“I’m aware that this is a listed building but do strongly believe that it is feasible to accommodate lifts to the station without impacting on the heritage value the station has.”
Harrow councillor Krishna Suresh said: “The station, in addition to the local shops also serves the Zoroastrian Centre which attracts people from across London.
“We need this facility to serve all sections our community including old, infirm and the families.”
The campaign was also backed by disability charity Harrow Association for Disabled People.
Of eight underground stations in the borough, only Pinner, on the Metropolitan line, and Harrow and Wealdstone station, on the Bakerloo Line, have step free access.
The only access to train level at Rayners Lane is via several flights of stairs and a step and large gap between the platform and train.
At the time of the launch Transport for London (TfL) said it planned to make 26 more ore Tube and Overground stations step-free in the next eight years.
However it added with the limited money available, stations where improvements will benefit the most passengers would be prioritised.
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