Teddington station has been named as one of 26 that will benefit from a funding boost to receive accessibility improvements. The £60 million fund for ‘Extra Access’ will improve access for passengers, enabling step-free access between platforms.
This government funding was announced by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer: “Making the rail network accessible to all is a vital part of our plans to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.
“These improvements will make a real difference to passengers – from those with limited mobility, to people with heavy luggage or parents with prams. This is great news.”
Stations were nominated by the rail industry last year and selected for funding according to passenger numbers, the needs of the local area, and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children. Detailed plans and costings will be drawn up by Network Rail for the work that is planned to be completed by 2019.
The Teddington Society has long campaigned for a more accessible bridge between platforms – particularly due the station being used as interchange and the alternative 1km round-trip via central Teddington that disabled users would need to take to change platforms. It is believed that lifts are the mostly likely option and these would be installed on the existing footbridge, allowing disabled users as well as those with heavy luggage, prams etc.