News from Navin Shah: Fresh calls for step-free access at Willesden Green
Local Assembly Member hands petition to Mayor calling for step-free access at
Local London Assembly Member, Navin Shah AM, handed a petition to the Mayor of London for step-free access to be put in place at Willesden Green underground station at today’s London Assembly Plenary meeting at City Hall. The petition, signed by over 800 residents, traders, businesses and stakeholders, was promoted by local Cllr Janice Long on behalf of the Willesden Green Access Group.
The new petition urges Transport for London (TfL) to conduct a new feasibility study which considers the case for the provision of lift and bridge access to Jubilee Line platforms from Station Parade. It is suggested that TfL and Brent Council can raise the funding required from third party sources and Section 106 agreements generated from large-scale developments in Brent.
The campaigners behind the petition cite that passengers using Willesden Green must currently traverse 30 steps to get between the station concourse and platforms below. The petition also argues that the station’s close proximity to the high street and several places of worship increases the need for local transport links to accommodate disabled and elderly residents and parents with pushchairs.
The Mayor of London is investing £200 million to ensure that 40% of the London Underground network is step-free by March 2022.
However, since 2018, the Government have put pressure on TfL’s budget by removing its operational grant which totals £700 million a year on average. As a result, TfL are one of the only transport authorities in the world that do not receive a Government operational grant for day-to-day running costs.
Local London Assembly Member, Navin Shah AM, said:
“It is vital that we open our local transport links as far as possible to those with disabilities and mobility issues and parents with young children.
“I am happy to submit this second petition to the Mayor of London on behalf of local Councillors and the Willesden Green Access Group. There is a clear case for the provision of step-free access at the station which is located in a residential area with many community hubs and places of worship nearby. I will continue to lobby the Mayor of London, TfL and Brent Council to deliver step free access at this station.
“It should be highlighted that the Mayor is prioritising improving step-free access across the tube network, but the Government are grossly underfunding transport in the capital, preventing TfL from being even more ambitious on this issue”.
Notes to editors
- A copy of the petition text can be found in the agenda documents for the meeting;
- The Mayor of London is investing £200 million to ensure that 40% of the London Underground network is step-free by March 2022;
- Since 2018, the Government have put pressure on TfL’s budget by removing its operational grant which totals £700 million a year on average;