Remember last year when we all got excited about Hither Green Station being awarded a share of the national Access for All Station improvement programme? Hither Green Station was to get shiny new lifts and cross walks, perhaps a redesign of the existing (but overly steep) platform ramps. Then it all went quiet.

A year on and Elon Musk has successfully launched and retrieved a reusable space rocket and the US and Cuba have reached a peaceful détente. But in Hither Green parents are still carrying pushchairs up flights of steps from platform 3 to 5 and back again. Not a brick has been moved there is  no shiny lift and no extra  ramps.

Apparently our share of the Access for All  station redevelopment money is under threat.  Heidi Alexander MP  was pivotal in getting the Dept for Transport pledge in the first instance has launched a petition to put pressure on the Transport Minister.

 

Gift Hither Green a Lift!

Link: Petition- Make Hither Green Station Fully Accessible

Link: Heidi Alexander’s Statement

The Department for Transport is also seeking views on Sir Peter Hendy’s re-plan report about putting the rail upgrade programme on a more realistic and sustainable footing. Have your say on plans to improve Hither Green station.

Email to: hendyconsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk

OR

Write to: Hendy Consultation,
4th Floor, Department for Transport,
Great Minister House,
33 Horseferry Road
London,
SW1P 4DR

Photo@ (C) Heidi Alexander, Twitter