Step Free Access and London's Economy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1059
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

"Transport for All" have brought to my attention research commissioned by the DfT which shows that there is a benefit cost ratio of 2.9 - i.e. for every £1 invested, there was £2.9 of benefit to London's economy from improved access to stations? Are you familiar with this?

Answer

Answer for Step Free Access and London's Economy

Answer for Step Free Access and London's Economy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am absolutely committed to improving accessibility on the transport network and I am aware of the research you mention.

In January, TfL published an update to the 'Your Accessible Transport Network' document (available at: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/your-accessible-transport-network-update.pdf) which provides information on the many measures being taken to achieve this.

In particular, there are confirmed plans for 25 more Tube and Overground stations to be step-free by 2023/24.This, combined with Crossrail opening in 2018, as well as schemes at non-TfL stations, amounts to a transformation of step-free access provision in the Capital.

TfL is looking to go beyond the committed programme, wherever possible, with third party funding (an approach already being used at Greenford and Tower Hill) and other sources of investment such as the DfT's Access for All fund. Although every accessibility scheme must be assessed on its own merits, as there are a wide range of factors that can determine how best to allocate scarce funds.

My policy for identifying accessibility schemes is set out in my Accessibility Implementation Plan (available at: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/taking-forward-the-mts-accessibility-implementation-plan-march-2012-final.pdf).