Mayor and council leader visit new step-free station at Newbury Park
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, yesterday visited Newbury Park station to see improvements which have made it step-free, boosting accessibility for thousands of people. The Central line station sees 5.5 million customer journeys each year.
Two new lifts have been installed to help make access easier for everyone using the station, including disabled or older customers and parents or carers with buggies.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I’m delighted to be back in Redbridge to see the major improvements at Newbury Park station. The introduction of step-free access will make a big difference to the daily lives of thousands of people who use this busy station every year, including the disabled, older people and those with young children.”
Nigel Holness, Managing Director of London Underground, said: "I'm delighted that Newbury Park is now step-free which will make accessing the Central line easier for thousands of our customers."
Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council said: “Newbury Park is used by many of our residents who travel across the borough and into central London, so I’m pleased this important project is now completed. On his first visit to a London borough following his election, Mayor Sadiq Khan met with me at Newbury Park Station and promised this important project would be completed; and I am pleased it has now been delivered. Step-free access will hugely benefit many of our residents with mobility issues, luggage or buggies, making it much easier for them to access this station and the capital’s public transport system.”
Dr Adrianne Tobias, Chair of Redbridge Pensioners' Forum, said: "I welcome this acknowledgement of the needs of some older and disabled people in the area to easily access the platforms at Newbury Park station. They will now be able to travel directly from there and not have to worry about arranging to get themselves to another Underground station that has lifts. I look forward to this practice spreading to as many other Underground stations as necessary and practical so that everyone, including those who are not as mobile as they would like to be, can use the Tube with less difficulty."
TfL has introduced a number of measures to make travelling on public transport more comfortable for those with accessibility needs. This includes clearly marked priority seats for anyone who needs them, supported by an annual campaign to improve awareness of the purpose of priority seats; a free ‘Baby on Board’ badge for expectant mothers; a free ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ badge for customers living with invisible conditions whose need may not be immediately obvious; and in July, TfL joined the #LookUp campaign, started by customer Corry Shaw, that asks people travelling on public transport to look up and see if someone is in greater need of a seat.