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Honor Oak Park work continues 14 April 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Transport, Uncategorized.
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Works to improve access to Honor Oak Park station continue.

For anyone wondering why this is taking so long, here is a letter I received from Network Rail in early February in response to an enquiry:

Dear Mr Crozier

Lifts at Honor Oak Park Station

Thank you for your correspondence below in regards to lifts at this station.

Unfortunately we have come across some major issues with our main contractor and the wider supply chain. The designs produced for the lift and necessary structures fall below the quality and requirements we have set.

Please rest assured Network Rail remain committed to deliver the much needed lifts at Honor Oak Park and we are doing everything we can to deliver these as fast and safely as possible.

I hope you find the above information useful.

When we spoke with the contractors in the first half of March they told us that they will be complete in ‘a couple of months’ but the new lifts (work pictured above) should be working before that. At time of writing work is continuing slowly.

Hopefully our patience will be rewarded soon and the station finally made accessible to all; we will still need to ensure those with mobility problems can get onto all trains easily though, which isn’t the case yet.

The lifts are being installed with national government money as part of the Government’s Access for All scheme. In Dec 2011 Lib Dems in Government announced a £100 million boost for the scheme.