The decision to omit three Richmond rail stations from the latest round of accessibility funding has been called "very disappointing."

Richmond Council submitted applications for Hampton Wick station, Kew Gardens station, and St Margarets station to receive funding as part of the Access for All Programme.

Hampton Wick has steep stairs, while Kew Gardens has no step-free access between platforms making it inconvenient, and in some cases impossible to use for visitors.

Meanwhile, step-free access at St. Margarets would help reduce the need for disabled people to have to travel to Richmond or Twickenham.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, cabinet member for transport, streetscene and air quality said: “It is very disappointing the Government has ignored Richmond upon Thames and it’s commuters in this round of funding, despite applications for three of our stations to receive funding.

“When put alongside other transport decisions, including TfL’s proposed changes to bus services in the borough, it is clear little priority is being given to public transport users in this borough.

“The council is committed to building a more accessible and sustainable borough, and we will continue to push for stations, not only in Kew, Hampton Wick and St Margarets, but across the borough to get the upgrades they need.”

The council did welcome the news that work to Barnes Station will now finally progress, having been approved in the last round of funding.