Great Northern installs new access ramp after petition hits target

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Train operator Great Northern has installed a new wheelchair access ramp after 1,300 people signed a petition requesting the installation.

The new ramp at Hadley Wood railway station has been on campaigners’ agendas for a while who have been praised for their efforts. It will give easy access for passengers with limited mobility.

Will Pike, who is now an ambassador for accessibility charity Inclusion Barnet, told Barnet & Whetstone press: “The results are fundamental in improving the everyday experience of disabled people, not only in the local area but also in contributing to creating a more inclusive society for all.”

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The ramp is Great Northern’s most recent upgrade to the station which is currently benefitting from investment and accessibility improvements.

Meanwhile, Chair of Hadley Wood Rail User Group, Francesca Caine, told the newspaper: “We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of our new step-free entrance, the first on our line within the Oyster zone.

“Huge thanks to Great Northern on behalf of both the local community and all those who can now benefit from access to this route and the rail network from wider North London.”

Programme manager for Great Northern, Andrew Sidgwick said: “In December 2015, we received a petition of 1,300 signatures asking for accessible access to Hadley Wood station. We worked with Hadley Wood Rail User Group and Network Rail to look for a viable solution that could be paid for with existing resources.

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