5:13pm Monday 14th October 2013
By Bruce Thain
A London Assembly member has launched a campaign calling for step-free access at one of the borough's underground stations.
Navin Shah, Labour Assembly Member for Harrow and Brent, launched his petition calling for lifts at Rayners Lane Underground station.
The station serves both the Metropolitan Line and Piccadilly line as well as having extensive bus links.
He said: “Rayners Lane is an important strategic and local station serving commuters across north-west London and Harrow’s own residents.
“The station has a rich architectural heritage and the location of the station plays a big role in the vitality of the local shopping district.
“It is scandalous that the station of such importance is not step-free. To make the matters worse, the gap and step between the train and platforms make life even more difficult for people in wheelchairs, the disabled and elderly in our community.
“I urge residents, commuters and traders to sign the petition, which asks Mayor Johnson to provide step-free access facility like provision of lifts to this station.
“I have raised a question to the Mayor on this matter and I hope that he would listen to the local community and provide the much needed step-free access.”
Of eight underground stations in the borough, only Pinner, on the Metropolitan line, and Harrow and Wealdstone station, on the Bakerloo Line, have step free access.
The only access to train level at Rayners Lane is via several flights of stairs and a step and large gap between the platform and train.
The Harrow Times has contacted Transport for London about plans for the station’s future and is awaiting a reply.
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