Essex station in line to win funding for improved accessibility

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Brentwood MP Alex Burghart has vowed to improve disabled access on a major rail route within the next year.

Disabled travellers and elderly people must currently use either a steep slope and a busy road, or a flight of 30 steps, to reach Brentwood’s ticket office.

Following this, travellers must then retrace the route to get on to platform four to board London-bound trains.

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In an interview with the BBC’s Sunday Politics East, Burghart, said: “This is the only point, I understand, on the new Crossrail network that doesn’t have proper disabled access.”

The Conservative MP said the campaign for a lift at the Essex town’s station had gone on “for years”.

Lifts were fitted for other platforms several years ago, but plans to install one for platform four were halted after power cables and an open drain were found in the designated area.

Burghart said he hoped to see improvements “in the next year” and was confident that funding would be found to link platform four to the ticket office.

Transport for London, which manages the station as part of the new Crossrail route, said Brentwood station was being recommended for funding to improve access.

A spokesman for Transport for London, told the BBC: “We are including Brentwood in our recommendations to government for ‘Access for All’ funding. “Improvements to transport accessibility is a key priority under the Mayor’s transport strategy and the Elizabeth line will serve step-free stations at the heart of London and across the entire line.”

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