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New Edmonton Green lift gives access to all

Published Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Today (28 January) Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, saw for himself the brand new lifts which have been installed into Edmonton Green station to improve accessibility for everyone.

Edmonton Green lift

The lifts, which were constructed using over £2m of funding secured by Enfield Council, can take a maximum of 16 people standing or one wheelchair user and two people. The project has been a partnership between the council, Network Rail, Abellio Greater Anglia and the Department for Transport. Formerly the high-level platforms could only be accessed by stairs, which prevented people with reduced mobility, those with buggies and others from using the station.

The lifts have received endorsement from a number of local organisations supporting the change including North Middlesex Hospital, St Modwens, Enfield Disability Action and the Over 50s Forum.

Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety said “Edmonton Green is by far the busiest station in Enfield, used by an estimated 3 million passengers a year. However, the fact that the platforms could only be accessed by climbing over 40 stairs meant that they could not be used by many members of the community.

“These new lifts now make the station, and the surrounding area, truly accessible to everyone, regardless of their mobility, and I am delighted that Enfield Council played such a major role in this project”

Andy Boyle, Network Rail Area Director, said: “Improving access is an important part of building a bigger and better railway and the new lifts at Edmonton Green will make life much easier for people using the station. Passengers with reduced mobility or travelling with small children or heavy luggage should reap the biggest benefits.”

Philip Sargent, Area Customer Service Manager from Abellio Greater Anglia said "We're delighted that this partnership project is now complete, the lift will have a real and positive impact for the people of Edmonton Green, and everyone who uses the station."

Mike Stubbs, TfL’s Director of London Overground, said: “It is vital that step-free access to London’s rail networks continues to improve and we are delighted that Network Rail and Abellio Greater Anglia with Enfield Council have completed this step-free project.

“From 31 May 2015, we take over operation of the West Anglia services, which will join London Overground.  From the first day we start running the London Overground service through Edmonton Green, we will staff stations throughout the period that trains are operating and anyone needing assistance from staff will be able to ‘turn-up-and-go’, with no requirement to pre-book.

“Customers can also look forward to refurbishment at the stations, with new trains introduced from 2018.”

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