MP demands action over step free access to Hackbridge station
An MP is fighting to improve access for disabled people at a train station as the opening of a new step-free path has been delayed.
Step-free access to Hackbridge station has been completed but cannot be opened because of a delay in the installation of an Oyster card reader.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake, a long-time campaigner to improve transport facilities for the disabled, has called on Transport for London (TfL) to get the Oyster reader installed and working immediately.
Mr Brake said: "The work has been completed for weeks now and this delay on the TfL side is particularly frustrating. I will continue to press them for a quick resolution of this issue."
Caroline Pidgeon, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Greater London Assembly, said: "Far too few railway stations across London have step-free access so it is incredibly frustrating when any new step-free access schemes are held up at any station.”
The step-free access is part of a £350,000 refurbishment to make the station more accessible for passengers, especially older and disabled people and those with pushchairs or luggage.
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