Brent and Harrow
5 May 2016 Vote for
Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
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Mrs Ariyasena and Ms Beryl Rosenbaum (Harrow Observer of 26 September and 3rd October) are absolutely right in highlighting the plight of commuters using Rayners Lane Station. It is the Transport for London’s (TfL) responsibility to cater for a lift or similar appropriate provision for a proper step-free access. Unfortunately – from my experience Mayor Boris Johnson, who is the Chair of TfL, is not listening to the concerns of our Harrow residents.     


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Rayners Lane station is an extremely busy and a critical station for our communities. But poses severe problems with its 33 steps – one of the problems was perfectly highlighted when I took the accompanying photograph on Friday 4 October at about 12 noon. I’ve written to Mayor Johnson for a provision of lift at Rayners Lane Station. I do sincerely hope that he does not deny this much needed facility to our residents  and  commuters using this station in the way he has  denied similar facilities at Harrow on the Hill and Stanmore stations in spite of repeated lobbying from local residents, disability organisations etc. 

London has one of the most expensive tube/train fares in London and there are plans by Mayor Johnson to increase fares yet again above the rate of inflation. It is absurd that the fares have been going up every year under Mayor Johnson but he’s been bluntly refusing to make even our key stations accessible to the elderly, disabled and those who need level access. I am with the residents on this and will continue to apply pressure on TfL and the Mayor of London to provide our stations free of steps – Rayners Lane Station included.