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Campaign victory for station access group

PUBLISHED: 12:32 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 August 2010

DISABILITY campaigners have won a battle to make a railway station accessible to everyone by the start of the Olympics in 2012. Campaigners from the group Access ALL Areas group have been told that vital accessibility work at Bromley South station will

DISABILITY campaigners have won a battle to make a railway station accessible to everyone by the start of the Olympics in 2012.

Campaigners from the group Access ALL Areas group have been told that vital accessibility work at Bromley South station will start next year, in 2011, rather than years later as previously planned.

They had led a high-profile campaign to bring about the changes, attracting the support of MP Bob Neill and lobbying Network Rail and Transport for London.

The improvements to station access were previously earmarked to begin at Bromley South station between 2012 and 2015, but now Bromley council has written to the group telling them that work should start some time next year.

Access all areas was supported by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, which runs the Springfield and St Celia's care homes in Bromley.

Eleanor Bullimore, Leonard Cheshire Disability Local Campaigns Coordinator, said: "As Bromley South was already in the Access for All scheme we were told that there was little we could do as bringing one station forward would not be an option as it would mean another station elsewhere losing out. Bromley South Access ALL Areas wanted their station to be ready so that they would have a chance of attending the Olympic and Paralympics Games in 2012."

The action group was set up in 2007 accumulating a petition of almost 1,000 signatures.

Susan Willats, Bromley South Access ALL Areas spokesperson, said: "We have a victory for the whole community.

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