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Euston Station

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will require Network Rail to make arrangements to help commuters with luggage, the elderly and disabled to access the underground from the concourse of Euston station while the escalators are being refurbished; if she will assess the compliance of the works with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 2005; whether her Department was consulted over the works; if she will take steps to monitor the compliance of future works by Network Rail with the DDA; and if she will make it her policy to require Network Rail to (a) provide and (b) advertise assistance to vulnerable groups when such works take place. (172001)

This is an operational matter for Network Rail. I understand, however, that they are working with London Underground to ensure that passengers are re-directed to the most appropriate alternative route until the works are completed at the end of this month.

Any work carried out at stations must comply with the standards in “Train and Station Services for Disabled People: A Code of Practice (2002)”. The Department would only expect to be consulted if proposed works did not meet these standards. Network Rail also has a duty under part 3 of the DDA 1995 to make reasonable adjustments to allow access to their goods and services. They are responding to this duty.

As a condition of their licence to operate, Network Rail are required to publish a Disabled Persons’ Protection Policy, approved by the department, setting out the service level they commit to provide to people with reduced mobility, when accessing their stations.