Step-free access opened to public at Ewell East station

Geoff Jelly, of the Disability Alliance Network (Mid Surrey), cutting the ribbon to formally open the ramps

Geoff Jelly, of the Disability Alliance Network (Mid Surrey), cutting the ribbon to formally open the ramps

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Ewell East station now has step-free access to both of its platforms. 

Thanks to a £398,000 scheme funded by the Department for Transport, the station now has ramps, as well as stairs, to each platform. 

Train company Southern, which runs the station, has also introduced an adjustable height ticket office window and automatic doors to the ticket office.

The changes were officially opened for use by Geoff Jelly, Disability Alliance Network Mid Surrey representative.

Earlier this month, Ewell resident David Edwards contacted the Epsom Guardian saying he did not understand why there was a delay in the ramps being opened to the public due to health and safety reasons.

He said: "Southern Rail have spent the best part of six months and hundreds of thousands of pounds but I understand the handrail that acts as a barrier does not comply with health and safety regulations. 

"It seems absurd."

Kirsty Monk, Southern’s accessibility manager, said: "We’re delighted with the new ramps.

"Passengers using Ewell East station have waited for them for a long time and these new ramps really will make a lasting difference to those who use it."

 

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8:57am Tue 5 Aug 14

EwellMan says...

I think this is great news for disbaled as well as parents with pushcahirs.

I have to ask the question why the Department of Transport is paying for any of this work? Surely if Southern runs the station then they should foot the whole bill for the work? Why when they makes massive profit for shareholders should the taxpayer be funding this work? Privatisation at its worse.

Is the platform also still sponsored by the Council? There used to be a sign up that said it was. You wonder why the concil has no money for school or to improve roads, just look at schemes like this.
I think this is great news for disbaled as well as parents with pushcahirs. I have to ask the question why the Department of Transport is paying for any of this work? Surely if Southern runs the station then they should foot the whole bill for the work? Why when they makes massive profit for shareholders should the taxpayer be funding this work? Privatisation at its worse. Is the platform also still sponsored by the Council? There used to be a sign up that said it was. You wonder why the concil has no money for school or to improve roads, just look at schemes like this. EwellMan
  • Score: 4

11:30am Tue 5 Aug 14

niftynigel says...

This is truly great news. It's part of huge project across the UK to upgrade the railway to cater for significantly growing demand. Contrary to what some people would have you believe, the railways have been a huge success story since they were regulated in the mid 1990s.

Since the railways were nationalised after the Second World War, passenger numbers reduced almost every year. Since regulation, the number of passengers has increased almost every year. There has been huge investment in trains, stations, track. As someone who travels by train by preference, this is a welcome contrast to the bad old days of decline under British Rail.

The railways are run by the the Department for Transport. Southern run the services under contract to the DfT in return for a small profit. Typically, after costs, the profit may just be 3%. Each franchise is different. Neighbouring South West Trains returns the biggest profit, of which is pays millions of pounds to the government for use in providing vital services.

Surrey County Council as a stakeholder in transport has a duty to provide accessibility (and many other services that are taken for granted or not acknowledged until they are used). Many of these services are costly. SCCs biggest costs are staffing costs. Unless you want to pay less than the minimum wage, that problem will remain unless you replace staff with robots or technological advances! Most of SCCs 27,000 employeers are on wages considerably less than the average wages before anyone starts on the issue of over paid public services.

Ewell Man ...

You have every right to comment, but quite often your views are fuelled (and spoilt) by your ignorance. You have many good points t make, but a little research of the facts beforehand would be of benefit to you!

You mention roads. I actually agree with you! I think it's a national scandal that the road infrastructure has been under-invested in for decades. SCC made the decison that enough was enough. I drive around Surrey and I have seen many roads that have been resurfaced. It has been estimated to have the best surface on all Surrey roads would cost £3 billion! SCC has to priortise, so some will be happy others will miss out but at least decades of decline are being reversed.
This is truly great news. It's part of huge project across the UK to upgrade the railway to cater for significantly growing demand. Contrary to what some people would have you believe, the railways have been a huge success story since they were regulated in the mid 1990s. Since the railways were nationalised after the Second World War, passenger numbers reduced almost every year. Since regulation, the number of passengers has increased almost every year. There has been huge investment in trains, stations, track. As someone who travels by train by preference, this is a welcome contrast to the bad old days of decline under British Rail. The railways are run by the the Department for Transport. Southern run the services under contract to the DfT in return for a small profit. Typically, after costs, the profit may just be 3%. Each franchise is different. Neighbouring South West Trains returns the biggest profit, of which is pays millions of pounds to the government for use in providing vital services. Surrey County Council as a stakeholder in transport has a duty to provide accessibility (and many other services that are taken for granted or not acknowledged until they are used). Many of these services are costly. SCCs biggest costs are staffing costs. Unless you want to pay less than the minimum wage, that problem will remain unless you replace staff with robots or technological advances! Most of SCCs 27,000 employeers are on wages considerably less than the average wages before anyone starts on the issue of over paid public services. Ewell Man ... You have every right to comment, but quite often your views are fuelled (and spoilt) by your ignorance. You have many good points t make, but a little research of the facts beforehand would be of benefit to you! You mention roads. I actually agree with you! I think it's a national scandal that the road infrastructure has been under-invested in for decades. SCC made the decison that enough was enough. I drive around Surrey and I have seen many roads that have been resurfaced. It has been estimated to have the best surface on all Surrey roads would cost £3 billion! SCC has to priortise, so some will be happy others will miss out but at least decades of decline are being reversed. niftynigel
  • Score: -4

5:00pm Tue 5 Aug 14

EwellMan says...

Nifty Nigel, you can call me ignorant all you want but i will never make a comment unless i have fact or know of facts to backup otherwise whats the point in wasting my time writing.

I disagree with the previous comment on how the railways have been a great success since the 1990's, i have friends that have worked at TFL and the Tube companies and seen the waste and blatant abuse of taxpayers money, thats not ignorance ive heard of the facts first hand and im not talking thousands, im talking millions of pounds.

The increase in passengers is due to the intorduction of a congestion charge and the increase in jobs in the city, nothing to do with how well the railways are run. Commuters have no choice but to pay the over priced ticket. Yes they were run badly under british rail and maybe do run slightly better now but at what cost. The likes of southern and south west trains dont make minimal profit, that make millions, the railways are still subsidised by the taxpayer?

A peak day train travel card costs £17 which can hardly be classed as a roaring success? For who? Certainly not the commuter struggling with rising cost of living. What do you get for £17? A dirty train and lucky to get a seat.

On the comment about wages, the council staff may be on low wages but the train and tube staff certainly are not. Tube platform worker was 28k plus.

Anyway, the point of the comment was to priase this being installed, bet there are so many small companies out there wishing they could make millions from the taxpayer whilst delivering a badly run overpriced service.
Nifty Nigel, you can call me ignorant all you want but i will never make a comment unless i have fact or know of facts to backup otherwise whats the point in wasting my time writing. I disagree with the previous comment on how the railways have been a great success since the 1990's, i have friends that have worked at TFL and the Tube companies and seen the waste and blatant abuse of taxpayers money, thats not ignorance ive heard of the facts first hand and im not talking thousands, im talking millions of pounds. The increase in passengers is due to the intorduction of a congestion charge and the increase in jobs in the city, nothing to do with how well the railways are run. Commuters have no choice but to pay the over priced ticket. Yes they were run badly under british rail and maybe do run slightly better now but at what cost. The likes of southern and south west trains dont make minimal profit, that make millions, the railways are still subsidised by the taxpayer? A peak day train travel card costs £17 which can hardly be classed as a roaring success? For who? Certainly not the commuter struggling with rising cost of living. What do you get for £17? A dirty train and lucky to get a seat. On the comment about wages, the council staff may be on low wages but the train and tube staff certainly are not. Tube platform worker was 28k plus. Anyway, the point of the comment was to priase this being installed, bet there are so many small companies out there wishing they could make millions from the taxpayer whilst delivering a badly run overpriced service. EwellMan
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Angela M says...

So now we can get onto the platforms easier, are they going to improve the crossings and footpath situation on the horrible road leading to it?
So now we can get onto the platforms easier, are they going to improve the crossings and footpath situation on the horrible road leading to it? Angela M
  • Score: 0

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