Step-free access at Harrow on the Hill Station

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How will the new feasibility study on step-free access at Harrow on the Hill station be taken forward, and what has been the contribution of Harrow Council towards making progress on this important issue?


Answer for Step-free access at Harrow on the Hill Station

Answer for Step-free access at Harrow on the Hill Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes.  Victoria, this is really a chance for us all to pay tribute to the work of Councillor Susan Hall of Harrow who has done a blinding job in getting this project, much delayed, off the ground.  There was £3.1 million from the London Borough of Harrow, jointly funded by Harrow, GLA and TfL into solving that problem of step-free access at Harrow on the Hill.  It is very difficult.  I cannot tell you exactly when the new lifts will be put in or the new facilities will be put in, but if you had to pick three of the most difficult stations on the whole of the tube network where you need step-free access, Harrow on the Hill would certainly be one.


Victoria Borwick AM:  Thank you very much.  I visited this area again this week and I know this is an area you have also visited on several occasions.  As you are quite rightly saying, this is a long-standing issue and I am delighted that you recognise the work done by Councillor Susan Hall, and the rest of the administration there, in working closely with your team to make the Harrow and Wealdstone area a new opportunity area to attract new funding in order to include step-free access and I think a redesign because, if you think about it, with the college on one side at the moment it artificially divides that community.  One of the lessons that we learned after the Olympics that we did show ourselves to be an accessible city, and obviously I continue to urge you to go on seeing what we can do to make London more accessible.  It is something that is a real passion of mine.  From buggies to wheelchairs, let us continue to make London a step-free access and to make it easier for people and to make us a friendlier city.  Thank you for your support of this scheme, on behalf of the constituents in Harrow who I am sure will benefit.  Thank you.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Thank you very much and obviously it has taken time and the reason for that is these are expensive schemes.  This will be an expensive project.  You cannot just snap your fingers and put in all these things at once.  Some of these lifts, as the Assembly will know, can cost about £100 million to put in.