Ever since Sadiq was first elected as the MP for Tooting in 2005 he has campaigned to improve access and facilities at Earlsfield Station.
As a result of Sadiq’s campaigning, Earlsfield secured an £8million refurbishment from the last Labour Government – for a new entrance hall, ticket machines and lifts to every platform. In April this year, Sadiq was invited to formally open the newly refurbished station with Transport Minister Norman Baker MP (you can read more about this here).
Extremely proud of the new station, Sadiq has nominated it for a Wandsworth Design Award – below is a copy of his nomination:
“I would like to nominate the recently completed refurbishment of Earlsfield Station for the Wandsworth Access Award. After a long campaign for much needed improvement at the station, I believe that it would be a very worthy winner of the award. When I first secured the "Access for all" funding from the Department of Transport I was keen that disabled and older users as well as young parents should be consulted about the design. The station now has a brand new entrance and booking hall, new ticket machines and new roofs on Platforms 2 and 3. Not only has the £8million redevelopment vastly improved the look of the station, bringing it into the twenty first century, it has transformed the level of access at the station. The well lit and open nature of the layout means commuters feel safer also. The improvements at Earlsfield Station are an excellent example of the access that is needed in stations across Wandsworth.
The station now has lifts and walkways to each of its platforms, which means that the elderly, people with a disability and people with buggies can now use the station, many for the very first time. For years Earlsfield Station has become a no go area for people who struggle using stairs, but the new lifts have transformed access at the station, enabling people to travel all across London.
As the local MP I have seen and heard about what this refurbishment means to local residents and for the first time in a long time, Earlsfield residents have a station that everyone can use, and a station that they can be proud of.”
Sadiq Khan MP
Winners to be announced early 2014 – watch out for updates on this website.
Click here to read more about the awards.