Network Rail and Southeastern welcomed the Accessibility Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, to Hither Green and New Eltham stations on Monday 8th July 2019 to mark the first anniversary of the government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy.
Also in attendance was campaigner and Southeastern passenger, Dr Amit Patel, who provided insightful feedback on the daily challenges he faces.
The group was also joined by Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of Transport Focus, which acts as a consumer watchdog for the industry.
The Minister’s visit began at Hither Green station, which has been earmarked for funding under the government’s Access for All programme.
The visit then continued on to New Eltham station to see the transformation that a previous Access for All scheme has brought.
What did the officials say?
Robert Sue, route enhancement manager for Network Rail, said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Minister and Doctor Patel to our patch on Monday to mark the first anniversary of the Inclusive Transport Strategy. Improving access at stations can transform lives and it was fantastic to hear about the benefits that improvements at stations like New Eltham can bring. It was motivating too, to hear first-hand from Dr Patel how much more we still have to do to make the railway truly accessible for all.”