Step-free access for Norwood Junction Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4948
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In view of Norwood Junction being a strategic and heavily used station, I hope you will agree it is absurd that there is no step-free access. Will you pledge your support for step-free access at Norwood Junction at the next round of DfT funding?

Answer

Answer for Step-free access for Norwood Junction Station

Answer for Step-free access for Norwood Junction Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you are no doubt aware, in April last year the Secretary of State for Transport announced those National Rail stations in London that would receive the DfT's Access for All funding for Control Period 5 (2014 to 2019). The Department's allocation was made following local nominations from service providers, local authorities and TfL. The DfT makes the final decision on which stations receive funding. As I understand it, this is based on a number of factors including station usage, proximity to alternate step free stations and proximity to facilities such as hospitals and schools.

I am pleased that 18 of the 42 stations selected are in London and the South East. Unfortunately, DfT has decided that Norwood Junction did not qualify for funding in this round.

TfL and I are strongly committed to improving the accessibility of stations for Londoners. As it has in the past, TfL will seek to influence the DfT's future priorities in the interests of London for the next Control Period (starting in 2019). TfL will also bid for a share of the additional £60m allocated to the Access for All scheme between 2015-16 and 2018-19 that was announced in the Autumn Statement. It is anticipated this will provide enough funding for improvements to around 20 stations.

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