To: The Alliance (Network Rail & Southwest Trains), Richmond Council and the Rugby Football Union

Make Whitton Station Accessible

29/04/14 - We won!

Funding was granted as part of the government's "access for all" scheme:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/access-for-all-funding-announcement

UPDATE: 21/11/16 The station upgrade is complete
http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/5m-upgrades-completed-at-whitton-station

Make Whitton Station Accessible

We call on the Alliance (Network Rail and Southwest Trains) to implement the redevelopment and improvement of Whitton Station, so that it is fit for purpose and accessible to all people.

We also call on Richmond Council and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to work together to release funds paid by the RFU as part of its planning obligation for the development of Twickenham Rugby Ground's South Stand to the upgrade/improvement of Whitton Station in conjunction with the Alliance.

Why is this important?

Whitton Station is a critical transport hub for the people of Whitton handling 1.3 million passengers per annum, more than the Cities of Walsall and Gloucester.

It is run down and has no lifts and only steep stair access/exit meaning that it is off limits to people with children and buggies, the elderly and people living with disabilities. It has been decades since it has seen any investment and with the Rugby World Cup coming to the town in 2015 it is important that the station is made ready for this influx of visitors and more importantly the residents of Whitton.

The RFU, as part of its winning bid to host the World Cup, is committed to providing a legacy to local communities and the station should be considered in these plans. Whitton hosts rugby supporters at each match largely with no fuss yet its creaking infrastructure is in need of improvement. With monies from the development of Twickenham's South Stand still unspent we call on the RFU to release these funds for the upgrade/improvement of Whitton station.

Ultimately the station is owned by the Alliance (Network Rail and Southwest Trains) and at present it is simply not fit for purpose. It is long due an upgrade we call on the Alliance to bring forward proposals to improve the station and provide essential accessibility to all the residents of Whitton including the use of Access for All Funding made available by the central government.

We also call on the Council to bring together all key actors and to act on its pledge to commit Uplift funding to the scheme in order to bring about funding from the Alliance and the RFU.

*** UPDATE: Whitton Station Awarded Access for All Funding ***
On Tuesday 29th April the Minister of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, announced that Whitton is to be awarded Access for All funding as part of an additional £100m to be spread across 42 stations. This is fantastic news fulfilling the key part of this campaign for better accessibility but is not the end of the campaign. We still need your support to get the RFU and the Alliance to provide funds to bring about a station fit for the residents of Whitton.

Click here to read more about the announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/access-for-all-funding-announcement

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Reasons for signing

  • Because as many stations as possible need to be adapted to be accessible for equal access to public transport for everyone
  • Whitton station is a relic from a byegone era. It's a very busy suburban station and it serves an international sport venue. It needs to be modernised.
  • Whitton Station has certainly been left out of the 'Accessibility for All ' campaign which all public buildings should comply with.

Updates

2018-02-12 16:07:42 +0000
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Petition is successful with 656 signatures

2014-04-30 19:11:55 +0100

*** UPDATE: Whitton Station Awarded Access for All Funding ***
On Tuesday 29th April the Minister of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, announced that Whitton is to be awarded Access for All funding as part of an additional £100m to be spread across 42 stations. This is fantastic news fulfilling the key part of this campaign for better accessibility but is not the end of the campaign. We still need your support to get the RFU and the Alliance to provide funds to bring about a station fit for the residents of Whitton.

Click here to read more about the announcement:
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/access-for-all-funding-announcement

2014-04-30 13:17:47 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-04-25 20:15:45 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-04-25 19:03:47 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-04-25 18:30:05 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-04-25 18:08:35 +0100

10 signatures reached