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Harrow station in ‘dire need’ of accessible toilets for wheelchair users amid calls for change

Navin Shah CBE, Chair of Harrow West CLP and a prominent advocate for accessibility, disability, planning and regeneration and equality, has been leading efforts to improve accessibility at Harrow On The Hill station.

Recently, Shah tweeted about a walkabout conducted by Harrow Association of Disabled People (HarrowHAD) trustees and the Transport for London (TfL) team to address the station’s accessibility issues.

During the walkabout, which was held both inside and outside the station, the team examined the need for accessible toilets, drop-off points for wheelchair users, and new signage. They were accompanied by Adam Gabsi, who is Vice Chair of Inclusion London and Harrow HAD.

Navin Shah tweeted: “Walkabout by @HarrowHAD trustees in & outside Harrow On The Hill station with @TfL team to address issues of access to the station for disabled and elderly users etc. Dire need for accessible toilets; drop off points for wheelchair users & new signage examined. @AdamGabsiLDN.”

Harrow station in 'dire need' of accessible toilets for wheelchair users amid calls for change Harrow Online
Harrow on the Hill station. Credit: Navin Shah CBE

However, a Twitter user replied to Shah’s tweet stating that the station is in need of another lift so that both sides of the station have one. Shah agreed with the user and stated that he has been fighting with the Mayor of London and TfL about it for a long time and will continue to do so. However, he also stated that realistically, it is not going to be easy or quick to get the second lift, so the focus for now is to get immediate help to improve accessibility.

Accessibility at Harrow On The Hill station has been a long-standing issue, with some users finding it difficult to navigate the station due to its design and layout. The station has only one lift, which is located on the east side of the station.

It is hoped that the walkabout conducted by HarrowHAD trustees and the TfL team will bring attention to the issue and help to drive progress towards a more accessible station.

Harrow Online reached out to TfL for comments on the matter.