Plan for lift stuck after funding turned down
CAMPAIGNERS are outraged that a Tube station will not get ‘vital’ step-free access, despite Transport for London receiving an additional £75m to provide this facility.
Chesham and District Transport Users’ Group recently received a letter from TfL managing director Vernon Everitt who announced it had secured the extra cash to install new lifts at tube stations across the network.
The group’s secretary Alan Wallwork was encouraged by the news and replied to Mr Everitt asking what plans he had for Amersham station, where campaigners have been fighting for a lift for many years.
Upon receiving Mr Everitt’s reply, Mr Wallwork was disappointed to learn that no work is planned at Amersham because ‘funding is not available’ to carry out the ‘significant amount of work’ at Amersham station, which would cost more than £10m.
Mr Wallwork added: “It’s disappointing to learn that TfL cannot or will not allocate funds to improve disabled access at Amersham Station.”
Campaigner for a lift in Amersham, Mike Armstrong, said: “It is still very negative. We are trying to get an engineer to see how much the work would cost, we think it would be less than £10m.”
London Underground’s strategy and service development director Gareth Powell said: “The £75m fund will be used to match significant thirdparty contributions from councils and developers, to enable the installation of new lifts at around a dozen priority locations.
“I appreciate the desire to make Amersham station step-free for northbound passengers. As the fund has to be prioritised to where improvements would enable the most step-free journeys, unfortunately this is not an approach that’s currently suitable for Amersham station.”
Previous lift installation work had to be stopped in 2009/10 because of TfL funding issues.