We are really pleased to hear that train company South Western Railway have applied to the Government's ‘Access for All’ fund for funding to put a lift or ramps into Raynes Park and Motspur Park stations.
Lib Dem councillors Eloise Bailey (West Barnes) and Anthony Fairclough (Dundonald) have been working since Summer to encourage the train company to apply, and to get Merton Council to agree to look at a financial contribution to help the application.
Following the councillors' work, Merton Council has confirmed they provided a letter of support for these improvement works, indicating that they would consider supporting the projects financially should the applications be successful. And in September, Council bosses accepted a Lib Dem proposal to work to support access improvements at stations across the borough.
Thank you for signing our petition on this, and please keep letting us know your problems with using the stations.
Merton Council has passed a Liberal Democrat motion to help get lifts and ramps at local stations.
The plan commits the Council to look into positive action it could take to improve accessibility of stations across the borough, including encouraging and assisting train companies to apply for funding designed to make more stations in Merton accessible, and step-free.
The government have recently announced the award of a new franchise for South West Trains, to commence on 20th August 2017 and run for the next 7 years.
As part of this contract, the franchisee will have set targets for improving passenger satisfaction with stations. Raynes Park and Motspur Park stations are, unfortunately, not specifically mentioned for improved access. However, an annual £2.6 million fund will be available for improvements to facilities and services from 2020, and local campaigners will continue to push for improving accessibility to our stations as soon as possible.
Residents and local campaigners have been shocked to discover that South West Trains is not pushing to make local train stations more accessible.
Merton Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for step-free access at Motspur Park and Raynes Park train stations.