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London Assembly Member for Harrow Navin Shah calls for action for Harrow-on-the-Hill step-free access project
A London assembly member who has campaigned for step-free access at one of the busiest train station’s in the borough fears the project could face delays.
Earlier this week the Harrow Times reported a feasibility study into the provision of step-free access at Harrow-on-the-Hill station would be completed by the end of August.
The study into the cost of the upgrade of the station is currently being carried out by Harrow Borough Council in partnership with Transport for London (TfL).
London assembly member for Harrow and Brent Navin Shah has welcomed the update but has called for action from the Mayor of London to speed up the project.
He said: “I’m glad that Harrow Council is working actively with TfL to find a solution for step-free access at Harrow On the Hill station.
“I very much welcome proposal for a new steering group to monitor progress. I’d be a willing to participate in Council’s endeavours and support this steering group.
“Whilst TfL is focussing on commercial opportunities for funding step-free access from the development of adjacent TfL land and properties I firmly believe and am concerned that this approach will delay the development to the detriment of the residents and the Opportunity Area.
“The better and speedier way of funding would be for TfL to fund the new lifts from its own budget.
“It’s time the Mayor of London who is chairman of TfL puts money where his mouth is to help Harrow. Step free access is vital for this major transport hub which is also critical for the economic regeneration.”
Earlier this year mayor of London Boris Johnson backed plans for step free access and under the Conservative administration Harrow council allocated £3.1milllion for the project.
The feasibility study will give greater detail of what the financial cost will be for the project and where there is any gap in funding.