Selhurst residents invited to find out more about plans to make their railway station accessible for all passengers
Passengers and residents in the Selhurst area are invited to a drop-in session to find out more about the upcoming Access for All station improvement project.
Network Rail is installing three new lifts at Selhurst station, making access between the station entrance, ticket office and platforms much easier for customers with reduced mobility, as well as those with children, heavy luggage or shopping. Work on the £3.5m investment will start on 8 April 2019, with the project finishing in November 2019.
A public information session will be held in the Youth Hall of the Croydon SDA Church, 95 Selhurst Road, between 16:30 and 19:30 on 20 March 2019. Anyone with any questions about the project and how it will impact the local area is welcome to attend.
Hodan Hassan, project sponsor for Network Rail, said: “Step-free access at Selhurst will benefit the millions of passengers who use the station each year and we’re really pleased to be getting started with the delivery of this important project. We look forward to meeting as many passengers and residents as possible at our public event, so they can find out how our work may affect them.”
Southern and Gatwick Express passenger services director Angie Doll, said: “Everyone should have access to our services, regardless of their abilities, and we make it as easy as possible within the constraints of a Victorian network, through initiatives such as free transport to nearby step-free stations and our dedicated travel assistance helpline.
“This scheme for lifts will make a huge difference by opening up Selhurst station to passengers who can’t manage steps while at the same time making it much easier for the many more who otherwise currently struggle with pushchairs and heavy luggage.”
Selhurst station sits on the Victoria to Brighton line and serves over a million and half passengers a year. Currently passengers with mobility issues need to travel to Thornton Heath, the nearest accessible station.
The work is part of the Department for Transport backed ‘Access for All’ programme which aims to provide obstacle free, accessible routes to and between platforms. More than £300m has been secured to continue with the Access for All Programme over the next five years.