West Hampstead Overground

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1456
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to your answer to Question No: 507 / 2013 and 1039 / 2013 is the Department for Transport 'Access for All' funding allocated for the financial year 2012/13 still guaranteed for the work needed to make this station step free; when will work commence and when will it be completed in making the station step free; on what do you base your assertion that local stakeholders are supportive; which local stakeholders do you claim are of this mind; and what information has been disseminated locally, to whom and in what manner, on the present proposed plan?

Answer

Answer for West Hampstead Overground

Answer for West Hampstead Overground

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am determined to provide step-free access (SFA) at West Hampstead, but it is important that any scheme taken forward maximises benefits for passengers and ensures value for money.

Consequently, TfL has decided not to proceed with a standalone SFA scheme, but to take some extra time to ensure that SFA works can be integrated with further enhancements which are necessary at West Hampstead station - including platform extensions for the new 5-car service, work to reduce congestion in the ticket hall, and integration with an adjacent development. This will reduce costs, increase benefits and keep passenger disruption to a minimum.

As a result, TfL will re-apply for Access for All funding in Control Period 5 next year. Work on site could start in 2015.

In making this decision, discussions have been held between TfL and both the London Borough of Camden and the West Hampstead Local Consultation Group to explain the benefits of integrating our plans. As further details of the integrated scheme develop, TfL will continue to communicate with the community.