Step-free access for South Croydon Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4949
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Passengers are currently required to negotiate 19 steps down and 19 steps up in order to reach platforms 3 & 4, plus 5 & 6 at South Croydon Station. Will you strongly advocate funding for step-free access at the station at the next round of DfT funding?

Answer

Answer for Step-free access for South Croydon Station

Answer for Step-free access for South Croydon Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL and I are strongly committed to improving the accessibility of stations for Londoners. As you are no doubt aware, in April this year the Secretary of State for Transport announced the stations that would receive Access for All funding for Control Period 5, which runs from 2014 to 2019 following local nominations from service providers, local authorities and TfL. The DfT make the final decision on which stations receive funding based on a number of factors including station usage, proximity to alternate step free stations and proximity to facilities such as hospitals and schools.

TfL will work on future priorities for the next Control Period starting in 2019 should the DfT choose to continue the Access for All scheme. These would be based on analysis contained in "Taking forward the Mayor's Transport Strategy: Accessibility Implementation Plan" in addition to any priorities identified by TfL and the DfT at the time. There is strong competition for this funding, but as it is limited, it is necessary to prioritise stations where the improvements will benefit the most passengers and enable the most step-free journeys.  As a result, I am sorry to say that South Croydon is not currently prioritised.

TfL continues to actively seek opportunities and innovative ways to find the means of going further faster, such as my recently announced £75 million accessibility fund. I am confident that the cooperation we're already seeing from local councils and property developers will continue to grow, so that together we can build a transport network more accessible for London residents and visitors alike.

"Taking forward the Mayor's Transport Strategy: Accessibility Implementation Plan" is available here: