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It’s simply unacceptable that Kentish Town Thameslink station has no access for people with disabilities

28 June, 2018

• I USE Kentish Town Thameslink station frequently but on Thursday last the absence of lifts and disabled access hit me like a thunderbolt.

I’d set out at to catch the 10.23am train to St Albans, which actually left ahead of its time! As has often been the case in the last four weeks, Thameslink was in total chaos and nothing was indicated to be going my way for over an hour, so I cancelled my appointment and went home.

But on the platform was a forlorn man in a wheelchair. How he got there, I’ve no idea. But he was trapped. He couldn’t even switch to Platform 1 to get to the lifts at St Pancras.

Kentish Town is a now huge interchange. These days, not only trains from Gatwick and Luton stop at Kentish Town all through the night but so does the Northern line at weekends. It is simply unacceptable in 2018 that our main line station has no disabled access to the platforms. This must be remedied.

Here’s an idea: The Regis Road estate and Murphy’s builders’ yard base off Highgate Road are two huge redevelopment sites that are the subject of ambitious plans and represent simply the biggest north London jewel in the crown for greedy developers. (Gawd knows what that will eventually do for the ghastly traffic on Kentish Town Road).

But can I suggest to Camden Council and the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum that a pre-requisite to any planning consent be that lifts and disabled access are negotiated to Kentish Town station with Network Rail and Transport for London and guaranteed to be in place before any such construction goes ahead?

PAUL BRAITHWAITE
Bartholomew Villas, NW5

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