Search

Disability campaigners hail West Hampstead station lift announcement

PUBLISHED: 13:36 19 May 2014

West Hampstead Overground station

West Hampstead Overground station

Archant

Disability campaigners have hailed a £100million investment that will mean West Hampstead joins 41 other train stations receiving improved access for disabled passengers.

The funding, part of the government’s Access for All programme, will see the London Overground station receive a new lift to platform level.

It will form part of a wider redevelopment of the entire station which starts next year.

John Saynor, from the West Hampstead Amenity and Transport group, said: “This is very good news.

“We’ve been asking for a lift for a while now and it’s featured on our agenda more and more over the past three years.

“Along with the arrival of the new station, it’s essential to easing congestion at what is an incredibly busy station.”

Transport for All, an organisation representing London’s elderly and disabled transport users, also welcomed the announcement but remained concerned over cuts elsewhere for disabled users.

A spokesman said: “Less than a fifth of UK stations are accessible.

“We urge the government and rail companies to increase funding for rail access improvements, so that disabled and older people are able to get out and about with the same freedom and independence as everyone else.”

Rail minister Baroness Kramer said: “These improvements will make a real difference to the lives of disabled passengers and those with limited mobility, allowing them to get to work and pursue leisure activities more easily.”

All work is due to be completed by the end of 2019.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

The Golders Green war memorial, designed without a crucifix because of the Jewish population in the area who had lost loved ones, could be knocked down and moved elsewhere.

16:53

Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq has confirmed she is safe and well after a suspected terrorist attack near the Houses of Parliament.

13:45

A group of fearless Coleridge Primary School students have taken a public speaking competition by storm.

11:54

Channing School has been getting the dads on board as part of an awareness campaign to eradicate gender inequality in the workplace.

Yesterday, 19:34

Violent disorder with weapons in Queen’s Crescent has led to a dispersal zone authorisation.

Yesterday, 14:45

A new three-storey block of cut-price flats designed for young people earning less than £90,000 a year has been unveiled.

Yesterday, 13:25

A woman and two men have been jailed for a total of 11 years for their part in a criminal network that supplied drugs at “chemsex” parties.

Yesterday, 12:39

A Hampstead artist became an internet sensation herself when she painted Olly the Jack Russell - who hit headlines for performing so badly at Crufts.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

The Ham&High has teamed up with Weber® to celebrate the launch of its innovative Genesis® II collection at Weber® World at Sunshine Garden Centre in London.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now