Residents launch petition calling for a lift at Queen’s Park station
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Campaigners fighting for lift access at Queens Park station have launched a petition.
Members of Queens Park Area Residents’ Association gathered outside the station in Salusbury Road, in a bid to persuade Transport for London to install a lift.
In just 20 minutes, 48 signatures were collected from station users and passers by.
Joyce Nettleton, a wheelchair bound QPARA member, said she has to use Kilburn tube station because it has a lift, instead of Queens Park which is closer to her home in Willesden Lane.
She said: “Today is the first time I have been in the ticket hall.
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“Obviously if I could use this tube (Queens Park) it would open my horizons.
“It’s terribly frustrating, having a tube station here and not being able to use it.”
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Michael Barlow, a QPARA member who lives in Windermere Avenue, has three slipped discs and cannot manage the steps at Queens Park, which serves the Bakerloo line and London Overground services.
“I can’t walk down the stairs,” he said.
“I usually get the bus to Kilburn High Road overground.”
Daryl Avery-Smith, who frequently works in the Queens Park area, signed the petition.
“In a station like this that goes to Euston and other over and underground stations there should definitely be a lift,” he said.
“I think in any station it should be a requirement.”
Natasha Elshazly of Croxley Road, who has a child in a buggy, said it would be “amazing” if Queens Park had a lift.
She said: “I use the station but I have to stand and look feeble at the top of the stairs until someone helps me.
“I often walk to Brondesbury Park because it’s easier.”
Pregnant mum Latoya Richer of Bruckner Street said she “absolutely supported” the petition.
“It’s a good idea, it makes sense,” she said. “They’re doing it at Edgware Road tube, so why not here?”
Janis Denselow, QPARA secretary, said: “We have already written to Sir Peter Handy, the TfL commissioner, and have the support of local MPs and councillors.
“It is the busiest station on this section of the Bakerloo line and will be increasingly busy as the number of residential units are planned to increase dramatically over the next five years or so.”
QPARA hope funding for a lift will come from the Department of Transport’s Access for All Programme which has £100 million available between 2014 and 2019.
TfL failed to comment.