Crawley campaigners welcome grant to provide step-free access at train station

jpco 8-10-14 Councillors and the town's access group have started a campaign to improve disabled access at Crawley Railway Station (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140710-112900001
jpco 8-10-14 Councillors and the town's access group have started a campaign to improve disabled access at Crawley Railway Station (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140710-112900001

Campaigners calling for a lift at Crawley Railway Station have welcomed a government grant.

The Department of Transport (DfT) announced the station was one of 26 that will share £60 million Access for All funding.

A DfT spokesman said: “Detailed costing and design work for each station will now be drawn up by Network Rail, with all of the projects due to be completed by 2019.”

Chris Cheshire, chairman of the Crawley’s Town Access Group, which has campaigned for years for step-free access, said the news was “like an early Christmas present”.

Chris, who uses a wheelchair, said: “It’s been a slow-burner of a campaign but it’s brilliant news that finally Crawley will become step-free accessible.

“The timing is so good because we are trying to regenerate the centre of Crawley and it’s a gateway to the centre of town.

“It is so key to have this in Crawley.”

She added: “For disabled people, it’s so close to the bus station, the town and the mall.

“We will make sure that we are involved wherever possible in drawing up those plans.”