Ramps at stations (1)

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I understand from a transport stakeholder that there are still 53 stations where a lack of platform to train access prevents wheelchair users boarding and disembarking from trains (6 on Overground, the rest on Underground). When will all Tube stations where a gap or step prevents access will have a ramp available?


Answer for Ramps at stations (1)

Answer for Ramps at stations (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to making London's transport network as accessible as possible and more detail on the huge range of improvements being implemented is set out in the recently published update of TfL's 'Your Accessible Transport Network' document. London will see at least 25 further London Underground and London Overground stations become step-free over the next 10 years - as well as dozens of National Rail stations and accessible Crossrail stations in the heart of the city.

A key element of the range of improvements being implemented is the provision of level access between train and platform. Level access can be achieved in a number of ways, including installing more platform humps, the roll out of new trains to create level access, as well as the use of Manual Boarding Ramps (MBRs).

The use of MBRs on the TfL rail network has enabled many mobility-impaired customers to travel on the network with greater ease. The impetus of the Olympic and Paralympic Games first led to TfL introducing MBRs at 16 Underground stations so that wheelchair and scooter users could overcome the gap between the train and the platform. The MBRs at these initial 16 stations proved to be extremely successful and popular, and since then, they have been introduced to a further 19 stations although some of these have since been superseded by permanent level access through platform humps and new trains.

I am delighted to also confirm that we have now rolled out a 'turn up and go' service providing level access between the train and the platform across all London Overground platforms.  This means that, as on London Underground, passengers no longer need to book ahead to use  the MBRs or full level access on the London Overground network.

Unfortunately, some LU stations have not been appropriate for the use of MBRs due to the trains at the station being lower than the platforms. Until recently no solution had been approved for use by the Department for Transport (DfT) or the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) in these situations. However, I have always championed innovative thinking, and TfL has now come up with a new design of ramp through working with the DfT and ORR to overcome this problem.

TfL is now developing a programme to roll out this new style ramp. In addition, TfL is reviewing all platforms at those stations which provide step-free access from the street to the platform, but that do not provide level access to the train, to identify solutions to unlock more step-free journeys. This will also be done at key step-free interchanges. TfL will update you on this work when it is ready next month.