London fares, affordable homes and the conundrum of Harrow-on-the-Hill
Plans for improving one of the capital’s less accessible stations illuminate tensions between some of Sadiq Khan’s most important policies
Just before Christmas 2013, I was taken to Harrow-on-the-Hill station by very important people from Transport for London (TfL) who outlined a plan for redeveloping the adjacent bus station and staff car park and using the profit to improve the place, including by installing passenger lifts that would cost around £25m. The station has a faded charm, which includes a lot of steps, though those aren’t much use to you if you are disabled or pushing a child in a pram.
Two-and-a-half years on, local MP Gareth Thomas has written to TfL with concerns about how the plans were taking shape. He had heard that half-a-dozen tower blocks were on the cards, each of them 20 storeys high, with only 10% of them “affordable” and no “first dibs” deal for Harrow residents. He asked for “early publication of the financial projections around these particular proposals”.
Source: Guardian Transport