Crystal Palace station to get a new lift
PUBLISHED: 10:52 13 December 2011 | UPDATED: 10:52 13 December 2011
Passengers at Crystal Palace are set to benefit from easier journeys after Rail Minister, Norman Baker, approved £905,000 of Government funding to make it more accessible.
Although it is undeniably a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, hundreds of steps make it impossible for wheelchair users and those with prams to navigate.
But the upgrade which involves a new lift to platform one is to be completed by March 2014.
Crystal Palace is one of two stations built to serve the site of the 1851 exhibition building, the Crystal Palace, when it was moved from Hyde Park to Sydenham Hill.
It is one of more than 40 stations across the country to benefit from £32 million funding.
Minister Mr Baker said: “Rail journeys don’t start and end at the carriage door. For many people - whether they are elderly, disabled or parents with prams - getting from the station entrance and on to the train can be the hardest part of their trip.
“Despite the need to reduce the deficit, we are committed to improving access to stations across the country as this can make a huge difference to people’s lives. In recognition of this, and of the large number of high quality bids we received for this funding, we are announcing projects worth more than double the £17m budget we originally allocated to this programme.
“We are also adding £2m a year to the current £5m allocated each year to train operating companies which will be used to fund more minor works.”
The improvements are being funded as part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All scheme which aims to improve access to railway stations.
More passengers have used Crystal Palace since it became part of the new East London Line section of the London Overground in May last year.