Our campaign to make Stoneleigh station step free has got off to a flying start, with Councillor Mike Teasdale receiving a positive letter from South West Trains following his call on them to improve accessibility. The letter is reproduced below.
South West Trains
Floor 6, Friars Bridge Court
41-45 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NZ
26th September 2014
Dear Cllr Teasdale
Thank you very much for your letter dated 29th August 2014 outlining Stoneleigh & Auriol Residents’ Association’s aspirations for Stoneleigh station to be made step free.
As you mentioned in your letter, the Department for Transport does have an Access for All fund which train operating companies can bid for in each five year period. The successful recipients of these funds were announced in May this year and South West Trains and the Network Rail Alliance (the Alliance) have been allocated funds to improve the access at five stations on their network - Walton on Thames, Godalming, Whitton, Virginia Water and Barnes.
Stoneleigh station was not put forward due to its close proximity to Worcester Park station which was recently completed and now fully accessible, however the Alliance do understand the access issues which are currently experienced at Stoneleigh and we would be very interested to meet with you at the station to discuss this further and outline the process for adapting this station.
I will contact you in the next couple of days to arrange a meeting at the station.
Stakeholder Support Manager
(South West Trains and Network Rail)
Councillors Mike Teasdale and Christine Long are drawing up plans to take the campaign to make Stoneleigh Station step free forward. Further details will be announced soon on how you can get involved and show your support.