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.