Ramps on the Underground

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3856
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

As you will know, LU recently announced the roll out of ramps at 19 more stations on the Tube, which is great news. However, I have been contacted by Transport for All who are less thrilled by the fact that there are 40 stations where there is still a gap or step between platform and train. This includes Kilburn Station, where there was a ramp which was taken away.

The ramp at Kilburn Station was working safely before but for unknown reasons it was removed six months, forcing wheelchair users in the area to go from 20minute journey on the Tube to 2 hours by bus.

I would really appreciate if TfL could bring the ramp back to Kilburn Station without any delay? If this can't be done, I'd like to know why not.

Answer

Answer for Ramps on the Underground

Answer for Ramps on the Underground

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is actively seeking a way to achieve this which would be acceptable to the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), as the DfT and ORR must agree the safety of any boarding solution in order for it to be introduced. The ramp was not approved as safe for use at stations where the train is lower than the platform. It has never been officially introduced nor was it advertised as an available service during the 2012 Games. However, as I say, TfL is working hard to find a permanent solution to this problem that will be acceptable to DfT and ORR.