Friday, 23 December 2016

Step-free access at Streatham station delayed again

Streatham's Green Team disappointed again
Plans to make Streatham Station accessible to wheelchairs, buggies, bikes and people with reduced mobility will not take place until 2020 at the earliest, Streatham Greens have learnt.
In response to a parliamentary question from Green Party peer Jenny Jones, transport minister Lord Ahmad wrote: “…it has become necessary to defer construction of the Access for All project at Streatham station until after 2019.”
This contradicts Network Rail area director Ellie Burrows, who in November told Streatham’s public Transport Question Time that work would take place in 2017/18.
Lord Ahmad said Network Rail would continue its development and design work at Streatham – in the hope that funding would become available in future.
Green Party leader and Streatham Green Jonathan Bartley, who won a commitment for Streatham to get step-free access in 2014, slammed the decision.
He said: “The people of Streatham and their transport needs have been overlooked and ignored yet again. It is not acceptable to keep pushing us to the back of the queue. This is an issue that affects thousands of local people and Greens will continue to campaign to make our local transport infrastructure fit for purpose.” 

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