'I am cut off from my family' - campaign for step free access at Mill Hill Broadway station (From Times Series)
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'I am cut off from my family' - campaign for step free access at Mill Hill Broadway station
Campaigners fighting for step free access at a station say it will dramatically change the lives of its disabled users.
Mill Hill Broadway station serves a busy high street – but many say the steep steps shut them off from all the area has to offer.
Parents with pushchairs, people travelling to central London with heavy bags and wheelchair users all support the idea for a more accessible station.
Wheelchair user Sandip Sodha said: “I feel isolated and cut off from my family who live here, because using the stairs is out of the question.
“I’d love to be able to come here more often and have a normal social life with them, but it makes it very difficult.
“It would dramatically change my life and the lives of so many others, and just make things so much easier.”
Hendon MP Matthew Offord has been leading the campaign and more than 200 people have so far signed his petition.
The petition calls for a ramp to the ticket office or a lift which would take users straight onto the platform.
The station, on the Thameslink line, also takes holidaymakers carrying heavy luggage to Luton airport. Leslie Coombs, 93, of Beech Walk, said: “It’s incredibly difficult to get up and down those stairs with a walking stick.
“I support anything that’s going to have a positive effect on the area. It would help so many people.”
Mr Coombs, the vice president of the Mill Hill Preservation society, says the steps prevent him travelling further into London.
Lifts are currently being installed at Elstree & Borehamwood Station – the next stop from Mill Hill – after a long campaign.
Mill Hill councillor John Hart said: “It needs to be refurbished and we need to make it more friendly for wheelchair users and parents with prams, but we must keep its character.”
His colleague, Cllr Sury Khatri, agreed: “I’ve spoken to so many people who say this would benefit the area.”
The Times Series is awaiting comment from First Capital Connect.
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