- A new Crossrail 2 station on the King’s Road will significantly improve disabled people’s access to the King’s Road, supporters of the proposed new station have said
- There is currently no plan to introduce step free access at the existing Sloane Square tube station, despite a projected 55% rise passenger numbers by 2030.
- A new Crossrail 2 station would help to support the Royal Borough’s 1,900 registered wheelchair users, as well as an estimated 7,100 people with walking difficulties.
With Crossrail 2 having committed to provide step free access across all proposed stations, a local disability campaign group has today [7 April 2016] added its voice to that of 50 other businesses, major employers and cultural, educational and medical institutions in Kensington and Chelsea who support the Crossrail 2 station on the King’s Road.
Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea (ADKC) has announced its support for the proposed Crossrail 2 station on the King’s Road as it believes the new station will significantly improve access to the King’s Road for thousands of local residents and visitors alike.
There are currently no plans to introduce disabled access at Sloane Square station, meaning that the closest tube station at present with step free access is currently Earls Court – which is approximately 3.5 km away. For this central London location, already ranked 4th in the UK for tourism spend, the present situation is that disabled visitors or those with difficulty walking, can only access the King’s Road by private car, taxi or bus.
These proposals would increase the level of disabled access to this major retail and cultural destination, not least for the capital’s estimated 84,000 wheelchair users, 314,000 people with walking difficulties and thousands of others, such as parents with pushchairs, who will benefit from step-free access. The proposed station would also improve access and journey times for patients at three major London hospitals – Chelsea and Westminster, the Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden.
Jamie Renton, Chief Executive of Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea said, “It is imperative that the Crossrail 2 station is built on the King’s Road to significantly improve access for thousands of people, including disabled people with a range of impairments or simply parents with pushchairs, who will benefit hugely from the provision of step-free access at the proposed station.”
Official records from the GLA’s Intelligence Unit suggest that there are currently 1,900 registered wheelchair users in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in addition to 7,100 people with walking difficulties. These figures do not include 1.3 million patients who are treated annually in the areas’ three major London hospitals or local workers, nor does it include tourists, shoppers or children who use public transport to attend one of ten local schools.