Plans have been revealed for step-free access to be created at six Tube stations by 2020. They form part of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's aim to improve accessibility across the UK's capital.
Work will begin this at Buckhurst Hill station, whilst next year will see the changes begin at South Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Amersham, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East and Osterley.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, commented that: ‘It's absolutely vital that we make our transport network accessible to all...by investing more in step-free access".
Catherine Smith of campaign group Transport for All said: ‘Step-free access at these stations will open up the Tube network to disabled people especially from outer London, helping us to travel with freedom and independence.’
Over the course of the next five years, London's public transport operator, Transport for London, will provide £200m for accessibility measures. This should lead to the number of Underground stations with step-free access to all platforms exceeding 100, more than 40% of the Tube network. Currently, only 26% of stations have such arrangements.
2019 will see a marked increase in the number of stations with step-free access. This will mainly be down to the new Elizabeth line, whose 40 stations will all be step-free.
As part of the accessibility programme, TfL is taking a ‘market-led approach’ where suppliers are asked to devise step-free solutions that can be replicated across many different stations.
To find out more, visit transport-network.co.uk.