Station accessibility decision "very disappointing"

Release Date: 12 April 2019

The Government’s decision to exclude stations in Richmond upon Thames from its latest accessibility programme sends a clear message about how much it values this borough’s commuters.

No new Richmond upon Thames based stations were selected in the latest round of funding through the Access for All programme.  It is welcome that Barnes Station will now finally progress, having been approved in the last round of funding.

The Council submitted applications for Hampton Wick station, Kew Gardens station, and St Margarets station to receive funding. Hampton Wick has steep stairs, while Kew Gardens has no step-free access between platforms making it inconvenient, and in some cases impossible to use for visitors to the World Heritage site. Meanwhile, step-free access at St. Margarets would help reduce the need for disabled people to have to travel to Richmond or Twickenham.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Cabinet Member for Transport, Streetscene and Air Quality said:

“It is very disappointing the Government has ignored Richmond upon Thames and it is commuters in this round of funding, despite applications for three of our stations to receive funding.

“When put alongside other transport decisions, including TfL’s proposed changes to bus services in the borough, it is clear little priority is being given to public transport users in this borough.

“The Council is committed to building a more accessible and sustainable borough, and we will continue to push for stations, not only in Kew, Hampton Wick and St Margarets, but across the borough to get the upgrades they need.”

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Reference: P116/19

Updated: 30 April 2019