Dear Network Rail Limited,
On Wednesday the 20th July 2016 at Mayor's Question Time, Steve O'Connell raised a question to the Mayor as follows;
"In 2014, Geoff Hobbs at TfL advised that his goal was for Network Rail to complete an updated feasibility report into making Norwood Junction station step-free, as this would form a strong case for bidding for any available DfT monies for the provision of step-free stations. In view of Norwood Junction being the third busiest station in Croydon (with 3.8 million passengers entering and exiting the station in the last year) & it now being the only TfL London Overground Station in the network's East London Line without disabled access, will you commit to doing all in your power to persuade Network Rail to introduce disabled access here?"
The Mayor's response is recorded as follows;
"While TfL's contractor LOROL manages Norwood Junction station, Network Rail retains ownership. Norwood Junction station would benefit from being made step-free, and TfL nominated the station for DfT Access for All funding in 2007. While it scored highly against some of the criteria set by the DfT, Network Rail removed the station from consideration for funding as it could not identify a safe solution to deliver step-free access.
As part of Network Rail's development work into possible track layout changes at Norwood Junction, itself part of a potential Brighton Main Line upgrade programme, Network Rail is undertaking a further review to explore whether it is technically possible to provide step-free access safely at this location.
If the answer is yes, then stakeholders and Network Rail can explore funding opportunities with the DfT.
I would like to see the station made step-free to further increase accessibility on the East London line, and I will ask my officers to pursue all available options for achieving this as this process continues."
Can you please advise how I can access the Network Rail feasibility report undertaken following the TfL nomination of the station for DfT Access for All funding in 2007 that determined that there was no viable solution to provide step free access safely? If no such report exists, can you please advise how Network Rail reached this conclusion and thus the decision to remove the station from consideration for funding?
Additionally, can you please advise when the additional review to explore whether it is technically possible to provide step-free access safely at this location during potential track layout changes will be complete, and upon completion, how this can be accessed?
Dear Mr Hunt
Please find attached a letter from Network Rail in response to your recent request for information.
Jonathan Mantle | Senior Information Officer
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