Following on from our petition to increase access to the Tube for disabled people, and campaigning work from other organisations, the Mayor of London has announced additional funding to make more stations step free.
This is the press release from Transport for London:
Mayor’s £200m investment will take step-free Underground stations to more than 100
On Tuesday the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced he will instigate the biggest boost of step-free access on the Underground in the network’s 153 year history, by investing an additional £200m over the next five years.
This will allow us to make over 30 additional Tube stations step-free by 2021/22.
The move brings the total number of stations with step-free access to all platforms to more than 100, representing 40 per cent of the Underground network. This significantly increases the proportion from the current level of 27 per cent.
This will substantially improve the accessibility of the Tube, making life easier for older and disabled people. It will also give greater choice of travel options for everyone, and directly benefits parents and carers with children and buggies.
As part of these improvements we will bring forward the much needed delivery of step-free access to Harrow on the Hill and Newbury Park stations, which together see nearly 15 million journeys every year, with work beginning in 2017. This is in addition to major stations such as Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Victoria becoming step-free in 2017.
We will also utilise the latest technology and knowledge from the wider transport industry to speed up the delivery of making the world’s oldest network more accessible. Work will also progress at vital interchanges such as Bank and at Elephant & Castle.
The full opening of the Elizabeth line in 2019 will also be a huge moment for the accessibility of London’s transport network, with every station being step-free. The line will provide a key new east-west link across the Capital, serving step-free stations at the heart of London, with all platforms and trains accessible step-free.