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Alexandra Palace train station to be made step-free

3rd January 2015

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Alexandra Palace train station has been included in the Access for All programme and will soon be receiving a number of new improvements to help those with mobility difficulties. The main aim of the adaptations will be to provide alternative access to the steps, which will include the addition of ramps and mobility stairlifts.

More than 750 residents have backed the campaign run by the Hornsey and Wood Green MP, in order to encourage Network Rail and the Department for Transport to improve the railway stations in the borough. Not only will it be helpful for the elderly and disabled, but it will also make things much easier for those with heavy bags, pushchairs and bikes. Following the funding granted to the Access for All programme, lifts will be installed on every platform.

‘Icing on the cake’ for residents

The station had received recent improvements such as a refurbished ticket hall, although the station was still not made step-free, which caused much upset in the borough. However, the £60 million boost awarded to the program will now see the Alexandra Palace station become fully accessible for everyone by 2019, in order to create a fairer society where everyone can use rail services.

The extra funding is delightful news for both local residents and users of the Haringey station and will make a huge difference to those using the service with disabilities and mobility difficulties. Alexandra Palace is a busy station; it provides access to the iconic landmark and is a key route into London so it sees 1.3 million people pass through every year. The improvements will be a huge step in the right direction, and the Hornsey and Wood Green MP hopes that this will continue to be rolled out in other train stations across the borough.

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