Twickenham MP Vince Cable is seeking an urgent meeting with the Transport Minister Paul Maynard following the admission by the Minister that access improvements at Teddington train station have been delayed by a further year.
In answer to a written parliamentary questioned asked by Vince Cable, the Minister confirmed that access improvements have been delayed and merely provided the vague assurance that the improvements “should be no later than March 2020”. This is in complete contrast to the pledge made in 2014 that access improvements would be completed by 2019.
Commenting on the Minister’s reply Vince Cable said:
“I am seriously concerned by these delays in access improvements. I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister as he must provide immediate answers as to why these much needed improvements are being put back by a year.
“Teddington is a major local station and acts as an important interchange between a number of different routes, yet at present too many people are restricted in the journeys they can make.
“It is vital that disabled people and parents with prams and buggies can make full use of Teddington station.
“I also want to press the Minister on plans for access improvements that are needed at other local stations.”
Details of past promises relating to access improvements at Teddington train station:
Gov.uk - Government funding to make stations accessible to all [LINK]
Transport for All - 26 rail stations to benefit from Access for All funds [LINK]
Your Local Guardian - Accessibility improvements coming for Teddington station [LINK]
Teddingtontown - Teddington station to receive accessibility upgrade [LINK]