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Harrow-on-the-Hill Station: Boris must deliver on promise

I welcomed a commitment from the Mayor of London to make Harrow-on-the-Hill a step-free access station. I have been campaigning for the step-free works since 2009, the project was granted funding in the previous Mayor, but this was cancelled by Boris Johnson when he took office in 2008. The new works will be part funded by Transport for London and Harrow Council.

Like many Harrow residents I was deeply disappointed when Boris cancelled the funding for Harrow-on-the-Hill to become step-free. If he hadn’t cancelled this £25million then residents would have had step free access for several years. It is good news the Mayor has finally seen sense and is now allowing this initial scoping project to go ahead. It’s scandalous that it has taken Mayor Johnson six years to recognise the need for step-free access at Harrow-on-the-Hill Station. We now need the Mayor to commit to carrying these works out as soon as this feasibility study has been carried out. Local people have been forced to wait for too long already.

 I would like to pay tribute to the local residents and campaigners who have lobbied hard for these improvements and urge them to continue their fight. I will continue making the case for this project at City Hall, we need the Mayor to follow through and find the funding for this vital project and publish a clear timetable to make Harrow-on-the-Hill Station fully accessible.

 

 

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14th February 2014

Mayor disregards Harrow-on-the-Hill petition

By Navin Shah AM

I am extremely disappointed’ by the Mayor of London’s response to the 500-signature strong petition submitted last March regarding the lack of accessibility at Harrow-on-the-Hill station.

The petition I submitted at the London Plenary meeting in March, stated that residents and visitors to Harrow want the Mayor of London to restore funding, previously agreed with the former Mayor and TfL, to make Harrow-on-the-Hill fully accessible and integrated with Harrow Bus Station.

Over 500 residents signed the petition.

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The response to the petition, sent by Deputy Mayor for Transport, Isabel Dedring, said: “The Mayor recognises that there is more to do to further enhance the accessibility of London’s transport system.

“Harrow-on-the-Hill has been identified in this plan as being in an area for the LU network which should be considered for additional step-free access provision.”

I will continue to lobby the Mayor about this as residents really need and want Harrow-on-the-Hill station to be accessible for them. I am extremely disappointed with the Mayor’s decision, as I’m sure those who signed the petition will be as well.

The £25 million of investment for regeneration and step-free access to Harrow-on-the-Hill Station that the Mayor of London cut in 2008 is desperately needed to make this station a viable transport hub.

One in ten Londoners are excluded from large parts of the transport network because of mobility issues and in Harrow only 4 tube and rail stations out of 14 have step-free access. This is not good enough.

Cllr Sue Anderson, lead petitioner, said: “I was really disappointed to find that despite the campaign to get step-free access for Harrow-on-the-Hill promised to us by the Labour Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone, Boris hasn’t made any such commitment.”

Eddie Izzard campaigns at Harrow on the Hill station

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By Hannah Bewley

COMEDIAN and high profile Labour supporter Eddie Izzardjoined volunteers and Navin Shah in Harrow recently tocampaign. The well-known funny man spoke in support of Ken Livingstone’s campaign to be elected as Mayor of London in May.

Mr Izzard is visiting a number of places across London to raise awareness about Mr Livingstone’s transport pledges, such as cutting fares and pegging subsequent rises with inflation. The comedian spoke to people on the streets and was given a tour of the bus and train station at Harrow on the Hill by Labour Assembly candidate Navin Shah