Crayford station access row: Pressure on Southeastern
PUBLISHED: 09:56 09 September 2010
An MP has slammed rail bosses for cancelling plans to create step-free access at a busy railway station.
David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, used an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday to criticise Southeastern Railway for cancelling plans to provide the access to Crayford station’s platform two.
The proposed scheme would have seen an existing gate on platform two opened to an existing footpath that runs along the platform and out to Station Road.
Mr Evennett said “Southeastern was presented with a simple, cost-effective scheme that could have been implemented quickly and would have made a real difference to commuters and others.
“Its decision not to proceed, motivated purely by money and fare revenue, will cause continued inconvenience to rail travellers with mobility problems, particularly the elderly and families with pushchairs. I am really disappointed that Southeastern is letting down so many vulnerable customers.”
Transport Minister Norman Baker MP also told bosses at Southeastern to look again at the situation.
He said: “The department has recently commissioned research showing that providing level access to platforms can deliver increased journeys and therefore increased revenues for train operators. I would like to encourage Southeastern seriously to look at this issue again.”A spokesperson for Southeastern Railway was unavailable for comment as the Times went to press.