Catford station

Accessibility work to commence in South London as part of £3.7m project

Accessibility work is set to get underway at Catford station in South London as part of a £3.7m improvement project.

New lifts are set to be installed at the station providing passengers with step-free access to both platforms.

Network Rail is building the new lifts with funding provided from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Access for All programme.

Construction is now underway with the assembly of the steel frames for the two 11-metre-tall lift shafts.

To maintain access for passengers to Platform 1 a temporary walkway has been built.

Thameslink and Great Northern commented on the work taking place in South London.

Jenny Saunders, Customer Services Director for Thameslink and Great Northern said: “We want to create a more accessible and inclusive railway.

“We’re delighted to see building work well under way at Catford after our successful bid for government funding.

“These lifts will be welcomed by everyone who finds it difficult or impossible to use the stairs.

“Network Rail have planned the building work carefully to cause as little disturbance as possible.”

Network Rail spoke on the importance of accessibility work at stations.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail Route Director for Kent said: “Our railway is for everyone and improvements like this make a real difference to our passengers.

“It's great to see these works progressing, they're a step in the right direction, improving accessibility at this busy station.”

The Access for All programme was set up in 2006 as part of the DfT’s Inclusive Transport Strategy to improve accessibility at Britain’s stations.

Catford is one of 73 stations chosen to receive support from current £300m funding which runs until 2024.

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