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It’s time to make Hither Green Station accessible to all

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18 February 2016
It’s time to make Hither Green Station accessible One of my main priorities in my six years as a local MP has been to campaign for a better deal for the people of Lewisham East on public transport. Every week my mailbag includes correspondence from constituents complaining of delays and overcrowding on local rail services and the unfairness of ticket prices compared to similar journeys in other parts of London. I have also received a steady stream of emails complaining about the inaccessibility of stations such as Hither Green. As a frequent user of train services to make my own journey into work, I know how frustrating our rail network can be and how important it is to get improvements to local services. 

Hither Green Station is one of the busiest in south-east London, but it unfortunately leaves many disabled, elderly and parents with buggies struggling to catch trains due to Victorian infrastructure. For the past few years I have been in correspondence with the Department for Transport, urging them to improve accessibility at the station. Finally, just before the election last year, we were told that Hither Green would be included in the next phase of the Access for All Station improvement programme. This is a national funding stream which aims to improve step-free and disabled access at train stations.

Unfortunately Hither Green's inclusion on the scheme now seems in doubt and so I have written again to the Rail Minister to make it clear that the station must be included for improvement within the current investment period. 

Along with the Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford, Vicky Foxcroft, and local Labour councillors I have launched a petition urging the Government not to kick this into the long grass and to act now on accessibility improvements. The petition will close on 11th March in order to allow the signatures to be presented to the Department of Transport.

The Department for Transport is also running a consultation on which projects should go ahead within the current investment period – improving Hither Green station should be one of them! Views can be submitted until 18 March 2016 here.

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