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Barnet politicians slam government on step-free access

Council leader Barry Rawlings and London Assembly member Anne Clarke and others wrote to transport secretary Mark Harper complaining about lack of action at Mill Hill Broadway and Cricklewood stations

Mill Hill Broadway station, platform with sign and seating area, in semi-dark
Mill Hill Broadway station

Labour politicians have slammed the government for failing to deliver on promises to provide step-free access at two Barnet stations.

A group including Barnet Council leader Barry Rawlings, London Assembly member Anne Clarke and local parliamentary candidates David Pinto-Duschinsky, Sarah Sackman and Dan Tomlinson has written to transport secretary Mark Harper to highlight the failure to install lifts at Cricklewood and Mill Hill Broadway stations.

In the letter they say: “The government has broken its promises to the people of Mill Hill and Cricklewood by failing to install step free access at Mill Hill Broadway and Cricklewood stations.”

They add: “It is disappointing and inexcusable that the lifts which your Government promised would be complete by March 2024 have not been installed. Funding was announced in 2019 by your government with great fanfare.”

“As of today, not only has work not been finished. It has not even started. Not a brick has been laid. What’s more, it appears the promised funds have simply not been released by your department to Network Rail and Govia Thameslink.”

The upgrades are part of the Access for All programme, announced in April 2019, which including planned upgrades to a total of 73 stations.

Announcing the scheme, the then transport minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Improving access to Great Britain’s railway stations is a key priority for this government and we want all passengers to be able to travel easily and confidently.”


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