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Give us rail access, say disabled

PUBLISHED: 15:36 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 August 2010

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for access for all people at a busy commuter station which wheelchair users can t use because it only has steep steps. A group of disabled people, supported by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, want to make Bromley South t

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for access for all people at a busy commuter station which wheelchair users can't use because it only has steep steps.

A group of disabled people, supported by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, want to make Bromley South train station accessible in time for the Olympic and Paralympics games in 2012.

They gathered there last Saturday where they encouraged residents to sign a petition supporting their plight.

Chair of the campaign group John Kennedy said: "Under the Government's Access for All scheme, Bromley South is due for accessibility work to begin between 2012 and 2015. This simply isn't soon enough. The current time scale also makes a mockery of Mayor Boris Johnson's pledge to make London transport accessible to all prior to the Olympic and Paralympics Games in 2012. We urge people to join us and get involved in our campaign to make the station accessible to all. Your support really will make a difference, not just to the lives of disabled people, but to all the residents of Bromley."

Currently the only way to access the platforms at Bromley South, which is the 49th busiest station in the country and used by six million passengers each year, is via a set of steep steps.

This makes it impossible for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues to travel to and from the station.

Of the 92 stations given priority for accessibility improvements before 2012, only six have a higher annual footfall than Bromley South.

Nearby Grove Park station is scheduled for renovation between 2009 and 2011 but there have been delays with these plans so the group are proposing that work at Bromley South is made a priority.

kate.mead@archant.co.uk

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