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Step-free access back at Newbury Park tube station after lifts installed

Picture: Ron Jeffries

Residents’ groups are celebrating after their campaign resulted in new lifts being installed at Newbury Park tube station.

Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association (SKNPRA) began its campaign in 2013 to provide the Central Line station with step-free access.

“This will make travelling so much easier for so many people, particularly those with disabilities, parents or carers with babies and the elderly,” said David Stephens, Chairman of SKNPRA. “People working together can achieve great things.”

The original project to install the lifts was abandoned nearly 10 years ago when the contractor, Birse Metro, fell into administration.

SKNPRA, along with Aldborough Hatch Defence Association (AHDA), worked to get the lift works restarted. 

They spoke at Redbridge Council meetings, Mayor of London Question Time, and launched a petition which received more than 7,600 signatures.

The campaigners were supported by local councillors and the Members of Parliament for Ilford North and Ilford South, Mike Gapes and Wes Streeting.

Work eventually restarted on the lifts in August 2017 after London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave the project the green light.

More than 30 residents gathered outside Newbury Park station on Saturday, 27 October 2018 to celebrate. The lifts have this week gone into operation, finally providing step-free access for customers.

Ron Jeffries, from AHDA, said: “At long last lifts will be open – largely thanks to the lobbying by SKNPRA and AHDA members and residents. It is a good day for the power of protests by residents.”

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