Monday, October 27, 2014

Stepping Up at Newbury Park

From the Seven Kings & Newbury Park Residents Association

Over one year ago, Saturday 13th July 2013, we started our campaign to persuade Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Mike Brown, Managing Director of TfL of the merits of finishing the job that TfL started in 2008 and abandoned in 2009 due to the recession, for step free access lifts to be installed at Newbury Park station.

As a residents association, we are a non-political, non-religious group that exists to maintain and improve the areas of Seven Kings and Newbury Park. We believe that this issue should be non-political and everyone should come together whatever party they are associated with to show the strength and depth of feeling from residents, commuters and visitors to the station that not having step free access at such a busy station with high usage and footfall is unacceptable.

For a 21st century public transport system to have no step free access at a such a heavily used commuter station as Newbury Park is unfair, particular for people who are disabled, in wheelchairs, have trouble walking, the elderly, mums, dads and carers with prams/buggies/pushchairs and those who have heavy luggage.

We are now stepping up our campaign by officially launching our petition at a photo shoot outside Newbury Park station on Saturday 1st November 2014 at 9:15am. The last photo shoot was a resounding success, with cross party support from Redbridge councillors, MPs - Mike Gapes (Ilford South) and Lee Scott (Ilford North), plus Roger Evans, the GLA member for Redbridge and Havering. We are inviting the same list again as well as other interested parties and local groups.

Your support on the day would be most welcome!

Mark Kennedy
Membership Secretary & Press & Publicity Officer

1 comment:

  1. This step free access is an excellent idea as more disabled people and elderly should have this means available in as many stations as possible