Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond expressed his delight after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced that Wimbledon Park tube station will be fitted with step-free access by spring 2022.
1.89 million journeys a year begin at the station, one of 13 chosen as part of Mr Khan’s plans to boost step-free access across the capital from 27% to 40% by 2022.
Mr Hammond expressed his joy at the long-awaited decision, which will see a lift fitted to help disabled and elderly passengers reach platforms, as well as those with heavy luggage or pushchairs.
Mr Hammond said: “I am delighted that Transport for London have finally selected Wimbledon Park to become step free.
“I have been campaigning for a lift to be installed for years alongside local councillors, and I would like to thank all local residents who have supported us and signed our petitions. Thanks to this, Transport for London have finally listened.”
The Mayor’s £200m investment in step-free access is designed to make the city’s rail network more receptive to the needs of all users.
Mr Khan said: “It’s vital that we make our transport network accessible to all Londoners and visitors.
“That’s why I vowed to significantly improve the services offered at our stations for those with disabilities, parents with pushchairs or anyone who struggles with their mobility.
“These improvements are going to make a big difference in helping Londoners move around our city and show the real progress we are making to improve accessibility right across the capital.”
Wimbledon Park Councillor Oonagh Moulton, who worked with Mr Hammond on the campaign to bring step-free access to the station, also welcomed the announcement.
She said: “My Conservative Councillor colleagues and I welcome this announcement. We have been campaigning for step free access at Wimbledon Park since I first stood for election in 2002.
“It has been a long and persistent campaign for our residents and a great result which will help parents & carers, children and those with disabilities.”