Disabled and elderly passengers campaign against lack of step-free access to Petts Wood and St Mary Cray stations
PUBLISHED: 15:03 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 28 April 2017
It is part of a London-wide series of protests
Failure to deliver step-free access at two train stations in the borough has been protested today.
Campaigners from Transport for All gathered outside St Mary Cray and Petts Wood stations, to highlight the lack of access for disabled and elderly passengers.
According to the campaigners, station upgrades had been due as part of the Access for All scheme, which aims to improve accessibility for passengers who would otherwise face difficulty getting in and out of train stations.
But with £50million worth of funding deferred, the campaign fears two thirds of the scheme’s projects could be delayed by up to five years.
Paula Peters from Petts Wood protested at both stations today.
She said: “As a disabled person I am shut out of the vast majority of Britain’s railway stations, having to make 40 minute bus journeys to catch the train when I live next door to a railway station is frustrating and isolating.
“I’ve fought for years to secure step free funding at Petts Wood station, I was devastated when I heard it could be delayed.
“We can’t wait another five years to travel.”
A spokesperson from Network Rail said: “Access for All schemes were reviewed as part of Sir Peter Hendy’s report into Network Rail’s investment programme for Control Period 5 (2014-2019).
“Sir Peter Hendy’s re-plan means that some rail upgrade projects will be delivered later than originally planned, but we remain committed to delivering the Access for All programme in full.”