Train station barriers

Just how accessible are our train stations?

23 November 2017

Has the gap between the train and platform ever been an issue for you?

What about the;

  • Lack of drop kerb at the entrance
  • The length of the walkway
  • Issues with platform ramps
  • Steep slope to reach the accessible entrance from bus stops
  • Poor lift signage
  • Toilet issues
  • Station staff attitudes
  • Bad communications between stations regarding people arriving, wanting to alight, and needing someone to meet them with a ramp
  • The high risk of getting stuck on a train because no ramp appears

The London Assembly Transport Committee will tomorrow meet people with a range of sight and mobility support needs, to discuss accessibility at rail stations. Representatives from Network Rail and South Western Railway will also be present.

Clapham Junction Station is currently managed by South Western Railway but Network Rail will take over management from 1 April 2018. Clapham Junction will be a Crossrail 2 Station.


  • Keith Prince AM, Transport Committee Chairman
  • Caroline Pidgeon AM, Transport Committee Deputy Chair
  • David Kurten AM, Transport Committee Member
  • Joanne McCartney AM, Transport Committee Member
  • Caroline Russell AM, Transport Committee Member
  • Leonie Cooper AM, Constituency Assembly Member
  • Tariq Shabbeer, Head of Fundraising, Transport for All
  • Mohammed Mohsan Ali, Trustee, Transport for All
  • Various passengers from Transport for All
  • Chris Curtis, Head of Crossrail 2, Network Rail
  • Veronika Krcalova, South Western Railway

Location: Clapham Junction station

The visit will take place on Friday, 24 November from 10.30am-12:00pm.


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Notes to editors

  1. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  2. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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