Transport Questions: Railway Stations - Access for Disabled People, 03.12.20
Departmental Questions provide a great opportunity to highlight policy areas which are important to those in our area.
Last Thursday, I asked the Transport Secretary to apply pressure on the Mayor to stick to his promise of making stations like West Ruislip accessible for disabled people. Currently only one third of stations in London are step free and we need to see this improve.
What steps his Department is taking to improve access at railway stations for disabled people.
The Government recently made £350 million available to make accessibility improvements at a further 209 stations through the Access for All programme. We also require the industry to comply with current accessibility standards whenever they install, replace or renew station infrastructure.
According to the London Assembly transport committee, only one third of stations in London provide step-free access. What pressure can my hon. Friend bring to bear on the Mayor of London to ensure that this is improved and that stations like West Ruislip in my constituency, which the Minister of State, Department for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Andrew Stephenson), had the opportunity to visit recently, are brought up to standard?
As my hon. Friend rightly highlights, transport policy in London is devolved to the Mayor of London and delivered by Transport for London. It is therefore a matter for the Mayor to determine his accessibility policy. However, Ministers and officials in the Department for Transport hold regular discussions with the Mayor on a range of transport issues, including this issue, and I will make sure it is highlighted at the next one.