Sutton Councils gives green light for £2.5m accessibility scheme at Carshalton station
Passengers can look forward to easier travel as National Rail will develop a accessibility scheme to improve step-free access between the station entrances and platforms with a view to starting work on the site in autumn 2018.
Currently, passengers with mobility issues need to travel to the nearest accessible station to access rail services as Carshalton station site on the Sutton Loop.
John Halsall, managing director, Network Rail South East route, said: “Accessible stations make travelling by rail much easier and much more pleasant for a lot of people, especially those with mobility issues, the elderly, and parents with young children.
We look forward to working with the train operator, Southern, and the local community to deliver this project.”
The improvements, which will cost “2.5 million, are being delivered as part of the Department for Transport funded Access for All programme.
David Coates, Head of Stations for Southern which runs Carshalton station, said:
“This is great news for our passengers and staff who work at the station. We’re really pleased this important project now has the green light.”
Tom Brake, Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington, said: “I welcome the news that Sutton Council has now granted planning permission for the installation of step-free access at Carshalton station.
“This is an important step that gets us closer to making sure that older people, people with mobility problems, push-chairs or heavy luggage and cyclists can all benefit from lifts at the station.”