Vicky Foxcroft and I have written to rail minister Nusrat Ghani urging her to prioritise accessibility works at Hither Green station.
‘Four out of the six platforms at this station are currently only accessible by steps. Though the station itself is accessible by ramp, this is often too steep to assist disabled users, those with young families or heavy luggage. This places these users at an unfair disadvantage which should be addressed. ‘
Statistics from the Office of Road and Rail suggests that 3.37 million people entered and exited Hither Green in the year 2016-17, making it the busiest mainline station in our constituencies without step-free access.
The station also supports around 1.1 million interchanges, second only to Lewisham station, acting as a key regional hub that connects commuters and families to central London stations and facilitates journeys out towards Sevenoaks and Kent.
Hither Green received over 1,600 submissions in a survey run by South Eastern, the most of any station on the franchise’s network. Step-free improvements are also supported by Lewisham Council, TFL, Hither Green Assembly, Hither Green Community Association and the London accessibility group Transport for All.
We hope to see real progress on these long overdue works when they are considered again early next year.