Step-free Access

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


I welcome the Department for Transport's announcement of further funding for step-free access at rail stations in London under the 'Access for All' programme. But with a total of 304 over-ground rail stations in London, how can further pressure be brought to bear on the Train Operating Companies and Network Rail to do more to improve access to rail services for disabled Londoners?


Answer for Step-free Access

Answer for Step-free Access

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

The `Access for All' programme is funded by the DfT and Network Rail and TfL will continue to liaise with both parties and the Train operating Companies to influence their future plans for step-free access and other accessibility improvements. The `Access for All' programme is intended to be delivered in successive tranches and further announcements of additional stations will be made for the period from 2009 once DfT have reviewed options with stakeholders such as TfL.

Many stations have also been included in the small funds scheme for minor works (such as provision of DDA-compliant ticket office windows) and TfL will continue to promote bids for funds in this area as well.

The new stations being built on the East London Railway (Dalston Junction, Haggerston, Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street) will have lifts and platforms that are level with the trains. Lifts will also be provided to serve the new ELR platforms at Crystal Palace.

At stations on the Overground network that TfL are taking over, the plan is to undertake further, detailed analysis of accessibility requirements so that we can invest in further improvements ' most likely in partnership with Network Rail and the DfT (subject to funding).