Four Bexley train stations nominated for step-free access
Albany Park, Erith, Falconwood and Sidcup stations are among 22 stations to have been nominated by Southeastern for Government funding under the Access for All programme. The £300 million programme provides funding for lifts, footbridges and ramps to make stations fully accessible to everyone. These improvements will benefit passengers with health conditions and impairments, wheelchair users, older people, parents with small children and those carrying heavy luggage and shopping.
The Council had made formal bids for a number of local stations to be considered as part of the new Access for All programme for 2019 to 2024. The Council submitted background evidence to support its bids, including passenger numbers and accessibility issues for those requiring step-free access.
Councillor Louie French, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growth, said: “We are delighted that a number of Bexley stations have been shortlisted for Access for All funding. This follows years of lobbying and the Council’s own formal submission to Southeastern in October, which highlighted the challenges faced by local residents using certain stations and the importance of access to rail services in delivering the Council’s growth ambitions. Our lobbying efforts will continue on behalf of local people."
The Department for Transport will consider the 22 stations, along with nominations from other operators across the country, before making a final decision in April 2019.
Access for All was launched in 2006 and has funded accessible, step-free routes at over 200 stations across the country, including Bexleyheath station. Bexley Station has already been accepted by the Department for Transport under the 2015 to 2019 Access for All Programme with improvement work yet to take place.