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Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters underground stations to get improved step-free access
4:05pm Wednesday 30th April 2014 in News
Two Haringey underground stations will receive a share of a £100million government fund to improve transport access for disabled people.
Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters stations will be granted money to carry out upgrades under the Access for All scheme.
Lianna Etkind, of Transport for All, which represents London’s disabled transport users, said: “Step-free access to stations enables older and disabled users to get to work, see friends and family and enjoy all that London has to offer.”
However, concerns were raised about future cuts to the Access for All funding budget, which Transport for All say the government will cut by 42% between 2015 and 2019.
Etkind said: “Less than a fifth of UK stations are accessible. We urge the Government and rail companies to increase funding for rail access improvements, so that disabled and older people are able to get out and about with the same freedom and independence as everyone else.”
Mark Heath, a spokesperson for Mencap Advocacy Haringey, said: “This investment is by no means enough, but it is a definite step in the right direction for Haringey’s disabled and elderly residents.”
Dominic Booth, of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “The rail industry has worked hard to improve facilities for disabled passengers which are better now than they’ve ever been with record numbers choosing to travel by train.”
The stations granted the funding were selected according to passenger numbers, the needs of the local area and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children.
Rail Minister Baroness Kramer said that detailed designs and costing for each station would be drawn up by Network Rail, and that the project would be completed by 2019.
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