Petition: Step Free Access at St Margarets Station

Local resident Paul Nicoll has started a petition to Network Rail to request step free access at St Margarets Station. The petition states:

Given the number of local people with young children and buggies, we believe that the introduction of step free access at St Margarets railway station should now be seriously considered by Network Rail. You only have to spend a few minutes at the station to witness mums struggling down the many steps with their buggies. This is not only dangerous but essentially impossible without the help of passers-by. This issue is literally impacting hundreds of local people (as hopefully this petition will demonstrate).

On reaching 1,000 signatures or more a full council debate will be held.

If you are interested in learning more or signing, please visit the Richmond Council website by 20 March 2014.

8 January 2014 | news


Where exactly do the petitioners envisage that this step-free access would be installed and in what form? No doubt they have thought it through fully.

StStephen at 9 January 2014 11:38 AM

I agree that it doesn’t look easy. I can’t speak for Paul Nicoll, but one possible solution could be ‘incline’ lifts. These are designed to fit inside existing stair wells, and are in use in some parts of Europe. In fact both canopies at the station are in a pretty poor state, and have passed their sell by date for yet another refurbishment and coat of paint. I’ve signed Paul’s petition because I think he has a valid point as it’s not only buggies but also wheelchairs, and even though an immediate solution might not look obvious to me, it shouldn’t stop us making Network Rail aware of any local concerns.

Harry Jacobs at 9 January 2014 4:56 PM

Well on the Twickenham-bound side they could just open the side-gate - simple.

Ed at 9 January 2014 10:09 PM

Once at Twickenham, you can easily change to a fast train going the other way, step free.
All sorted, for the cost of installing an oyster-reader by the side gate.

Ed at 9 January 2014 11:03 PM

I agree Ed that does seem the obvious most cost effective solution. I believe that’s been suggested to Network Rail by the previous station master responsible for St Margarets Station. Apparently they came back with various ‘health & safety’ reasons why they couldn’t do that, even if it was purely totally open access without any form of mechanical barrier that could go wrong. That does seem ludicrous as it’s already a totally open access station.

Harry Jacobs at 10 January 2014 9:52 AM

The campaign to get that side gate open again - it was opened in the morning and locked up at night when I first came here - went on for years but got nowhere. It seems the obvious move now, solving at least half the problem - but it’s crazy that they didn’t do it along with the platform lengthening work a few inches away

Maev Kennedy at 8 February 2014 9:14 PM

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