Due to the disruption caused to Thameslink passengers last year, the Department for Transport announced that Govia Thameslink Railway would contribute £15million towards a passenger benefit fund which would provide tangible benefits for passengers.
South Merton, Wimbledon Chase, and Haydons Road stations have been allocated £80,000 of funding each.
I have today written to the Chief Executive of Govia Thameslink to suggest this money be used for accessibility improvements at each of the stations. I have asked that he work with the Department for Transport, Merton Council and Network Rail should the necessary improvements cost more than £80,000.
Given that there is no or inadequate step free access at each of these stations, this must be a priority.
Govia Thameslink Railway are also asking local residents and railway users to submit their ideas. I know some of you have other ideas on how this money should be spent, such improving the station environments, so please do send in your suggestions.
The closing date for submissions is 31st July, and these can be sent via their website here: https://www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk/