Constituents will remember that, last November, I campaigned for step-free access to be provided at Platform 6 at Upminster station, which would help constituents get to Romford and then connect to Crossrail.
Upminster Station has step-free access to the platform for the C2C services and District Line services, however access to platform 6 for the London Overground Upminster-Romford line is via stairs. This platform is the only platform within the Upminster Station not to have step-free access and is also the only station on the service not to have step-free access.
The London Overground Upminster-Romford service acts as a vital link between C2C services between Upminster and Shoeburyness with the TfL Rail service that will soon become Crossrail, travelling through central London to Heathrow Airport.
This would be especially valuable for those with cases who want to get to Heathrow on Crossrail or older people, parents with buggies and disabled people who want to go to work, shop or socialise in Romford. Unfortunately, we were not successful in our bid for Government Access for All funds to support the scheme and the scheme was not eligible for inclusion within this year's funding round. However, we are continuing to lobby the Department for Transport for funding for this vital project.
If we can demonstrate the support of local stakeholders and the community our bid stands a greater chance of success. Last year, in a short period of time we were able to demonstrate the support of the station operator, C2C, Havering Council, local businesses and 478 constituents. However, we are hopeful that with even more signatures our campaign will be successful. If you would be willing to support our campaign, please do sign the below petition.