Selhurst Station is to get step-free access, as Network Rail is installing three lifts at the station.
The lifts will make 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.
Part of the £300million national Access for All station improvement project, work on Selhurst’s £3.5million investment will start on April 8, and is expected to be completed in November.
Currently passengers with mobility issues need to travel to Thornton Heath, the nearest accessible station. The installation at Selhurst is likely to bring further calls to address the lack of similar accessibility at busy Norwood Junction, which is also part of the London Overground network.
A public information session for the Selhurst plans will be held in the Youth Hall of the Croydon SDA Church, 95 Selhurst Road, between 4.30pm and 7.30pm March 20. Anyone with any questions about the project and how it will impact the local area is welcome to attend.
“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,” said Hodan Hassan, project sponsor for Network Rail. “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.”
Angie Doll, Southern and Gatwick Express passenger services director, 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.”
More information on the project is available at www.networkrail.co.uk/selhurst-station-access-for-all.
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