Release Date: 06 March 2018
Teddington Station is still on track to be made fully accessible for people with limited mobility, heavy luggage or children in prams, Richmond Council has confirmed.
Local groups, ward councillors, residents and businesses, have long campaigned that the station in Teddington should be made accessible for all. And, in 2014 it was announced that Network Rail would install a lift from each platform to the overhead pedestrian footbridge.
However, since then numerous designs have been produced but work has not begun nor has planning permission been secured, leading to concerns about if and when the scheme would be delivered.
Following a meeting with Network Rail, Cllr Peter Buckwell, Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene, can confirm that Network Rail funding is still available for the scheme and the lifts are programmed to be installed by 2020.
“Teddington is an important local station and interchange. However, if you have lots of bags, a mobility problem or a push chair, you can’t cross between the platforms without struggling over the footbridge or taking an enormous detour around the local streets.
“I am pleased that we can reassure residents and train station customers that the lifts are still a priority and the project is fully funded by Network Rail. We are hopeful that work will commence in the very near future.”
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Updated: 16 March 2018