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Aspire campaigns for step-free access at Stanmore station

 Published on: 27th February 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Aspire Leisure Centre in Stanmore has started a campaign for step-free access at Stanmore Station. 

Joe Gilbert, duty manager at the leisure centre and wheelchair user for 46 years, demonstrated how difficult it is to navigate the 300m winding pathways at Stanmore Underground Station, even for someone as fit and healthy as he is.

The meeting, held on January 18, was attended by Aspire CEO Brian Carlin, CEO of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Rob Hurd, Deputy Mayor of London for Transport Heidi Alexander and Navin Shah, assembly member for Brent & Harrow where they discussed improving the current step-free access for disabled people.

Joe Gilbert said: “If I hadn’t been handcycling regularly for the last five years, I would never have been able to push myself up the slope on my own. 

“It’s all uphill and the surfaces are so uneven with bumps and holes it’s quite dangerous. If it was raining or snowing it would be impossible.

“Most wheelchair users I know wouldn’t be able to get off a tube train and make it all the way up to the street.”

Brian Carlin, Aspire CEO, commented: “I was delighted to meet with Navin Shah and Heidi Alexander and to have the opportunity of demonstrating the difficulties disabled people face when getting off a tube at Stanmore and up to street level.

“This is an issue Aspire has been campaigning about because Stanmore is the nearest underground station to the Aspire Leisure Centre and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, both of which have many visitors with limited mobility.

“I look forward to further discussions about how we can move forward with installing lift access to street level.”

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