Disabled train passengers at Catford station could benefit from a share of £300 million government grants to improve accessibility.

The funding, which will also go towards Hither Green station, is part of the government’s Access for All scheme.

Campaigners hope the money will go towards funding a lift to serve the platforms at Catford station, which are currently only accessible by a staircase.

Michael Woodhead is a campaigner for A Cinderella Line, which works with MPs Janet Daby and Vicky Foxcroft to improve train services in stations across Lewisham.

Speaking to News Shopper, he said: “In the area, we’ve seen the population grow.

“There are a lot of mothers with pushchairs and buggies and it’s impossible for them to even get on the platform.

“The platforms are raised 20 feet up in the air. The only way up is steps. There’s no step-free access.”

According to the Office of Road and Rail, Catford station was used by more than a million people from 2016-2017.

Meanwhile, 3.37 million people were recorded to have passed through Hither Green station during the same year.

Mrs Daby said: “I am delighted to see this long-overdue commitment to Catford and Hither Green from the Government, which I hope will provide step-free improvements for disabled users, young families and those with heavy luggage.”

While the cash injection has been welcomed by A Cinderella Line, Mr Woodhead told News Shopper the train stations need more than a lift to make a real improvement to accessibility.

“The other thing we really want to see is improving the gap between the train and the platform. At Crofton Park, for example, there has been step-free access for years but some disabled people can’t even board the train without help because the gap is too big.”

Mrs Daby has said she will continue to work with A Cinderella Line and Lewisham Station Users Group while the funding is rolled out to ensure the project is “community-led.”