Labour Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan visited the London’s first incline lift at Greenford Station on the weekend, before seeing innovative works at Ealing Broadway station where the council have been working with Crossrail and TfL to see an improved station, forecourt and interchange outside.
Prospective Mayor Sadiq Khan and Greater London Assembly Member Onkar Sahota were seeing the work that Ealing’s Council, led by their Transport Portfolio holder Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, had made in improving step-free access in the borough and recently won them the award as best transport authority in the country.
In the last few years Ealing’s Labour Council has successfully lobbied for transformational accessibility improvements across the borough including:
- Installing an innovative incline lift at Greenford Station, the first of its kind on the UK transport network at less than a ¼ of the original TfL quote
- Doubling lift and forecourt capacity at Ealing Broadway station on Crossrail’s original proposals
- Getting a lift approved for Hanwell Station after being the only Crossrail station in west London that wasn’t going to become step-free after opening up an additional entrance to the station
Accessibility is a key plank of Sadiq’s plans for London and a key priority for Ealing council’s Labour administration.
Sadiq Khan said: “An accessible and efficient transport network is hugely important for the thousands of Londoners who commute every day.
“Huge credit must go to Ealing for their determination to ensure stations such as Greenford and Ealing Broadway are step-free and fit for the 21st century.
“We must follow their lead across London and make sure disabled people aren’t disadvantaged every day when using our trains and tubes.
“As Mayor, I’ll make it a priority to invest in a transport network that is admired across the world and serves all Londoners.”
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Leisure said, “5 years ago we were facing disappointment at Greenford, lack of ambition for Ealing Broadway and a fait accompli at Hanwell. Today that’s all turned on its head through the choices we’ve made rather than by chance. We didn’t accept the status quo and we’ve worked with partners to make things happen. London desperately needs a mayor that cares about a fairer London; ambitious that we act on accessibility rather than abandon the cause. Sadiq will be that Mayor.”