London’s Streatham Common station in Lambeth will shortly undergo renovation for accessibility improvement, funded by the UK’s £370m “Railways for All” plan.

The plan is aimed at enhancing station and platform accessibility to make it easier for passengers carrying heavy luggage or small children, as well as those who are physically challenged.

Under the programme, step-free access between the station entrance and all four platforms will be built, tactile paving will be installed and footbridge stairs resurfaced.

Two new lifts, equipped with CCTV and telephone links, will be created for the existing station footbridge and platforms 1, 2 and 3.

Work will be undertaken by Network Rail and is scheduled for completion in spring 2010.

“Railways for All” is the UK Government’s ten-year plan to improve accessibility at stations. The plan has so far earmarked 132 stations in England and Wales and 13 stations in Scotland for renovation.