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Harrow Association for Disabled People backs campaign for step free access at Rayners Lane Underground station
A disability charity has joined calls for step-free access at one of the borough’s underground stations.
The calls come after Navin Shah, Assembly Member for Harrow and Brent, launched his petition calling for lifts at Rayners Lane Underground station.
Umesh Raichada from Harrow Association for Disabled People said: “This is certainly a step in the right direction but there is a long way to go.
“We absolutely support this campaign for step-free access at Rayners Lane.
“The station is served by the Metropolitan and Piccadilly line, which means it will give people with physical disability more options when travelling.
“Disabled members of the community regularly contact us about issues they have using public transport and we have long campaigned for better access in Harrow.
“There is a lack of step-free access across the borough and we hoped there would have been greater investment following London 2012.”
Shital Shah, who has cerebral palsy and travels on the Tube, said: “I have always found difficult to travel on the underground and I don’t think people understand how difficult it can be.
“The main issue I have is with using the stairs at stations. Having better access to the trains would give me so much more freedom to travel where I want and enjoy London.”
Pinner, on the Metropolitan line, and Harrow and Wealdstone station, on the Bakerloo Line, are the only two out of the eight underground stations in the borough which have step free access.
Gareth Powell, director of strategy and service development for London Underground, said: “We plan to make 26 more Tube and Overground stations step-free in the next eight years through installing measures including lifts, platform humps and manual boarding ramps.
“But we have to allocate what limited funding we have to those stations where improvements will benefit the most passengers.
“Our plans to increase step-free access are therefore focused on key interchanges like Bond Street, Finsbury Park, Tottenham Court Road and Victoria.
“However, we’re looking across the network at how our stations and nearby property can be used to generate funding to make more stations step-free.
“Customers who require step-free access in the Rayners Lane area can also use nearby Pinner Underground station and local bus routes for part of their journey.”
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