|Putney MP Lobbies Ministers Over Delay To Lifts|
Lifts have been due in Putney Station since 2006
Following meetings with South West Trains and Network Rail, Putney resident and MP Justine Greening has expressed concerns to the Department for Transport over the delay in improving Putney Station as part of the Access for All railway stations strategy.
Since 2006 Putney Station has been due lifts to address its inaccessibility as a local station. Due to the station having no lifts, the platforms are inaccessible to not only wheelchair users but also many parents with prams.
Parliamentary Questions that Ms Greening tabled shows that Putney Station is one of 50 stations scheduled to be in Wave One of the scheme. However, only 17 of the Wave One stations have had improvement works completed, while a further 21 have yet to have work begin. The scheme is scheduled to run from 2006-2009, raising concerns that with only a year to go Putney Station may be a victim of a shortfall in funding, preventing work from being done.
Justine said: “There is now a clear risk that we will not see the station improvements that are so vital for Putney Station happen. That’s why I am raising my concerns with Ministers to make work to improve our local station still gets done. Public transport is vital for all Londoners to get around and get to work, and many residents of Putney rely on overground services. It is crucial to make public transport accessible to all”.