Osterley station (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3592
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please can you explain why the plans for step-free access at Osterley station have stalled?

Answer

Answer for Osterley station (1)

Answer for Osterley station (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As set out in the recently published TfL Business Plan, the economic slowdown, combined with the impacts of the collapse of Metronet, has meant that TfL revenue has reduced and costs have increased.

In order to safeguard funding for key projects, (most importantly the Tube line upgrades which will deliver a 30 percent capacity increase) savings have had to be made in several areas. For London Underground this has meant the cancellation or deferral of a number of projects including, regrettably, the plan to make Osterley station step-free.

LU will continue to increase the accessibility of the Tube over time, building on the foundation of 58 step-free stations already in place. In addition LU will continue to improve accessibility at stations through enhancements including tactile strips on platforms and stairs and visually contrasting handrails. These improvements have already been completed at Osterley, through the modernisation of the station earlier this year.