Gaps at Tube/Train Station Platforms across London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1604
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What strategy and plans do you have to improve safety and accessibility at platforms with large gaps?

Answer

Answer for Gaps at Tube/Train Station Platforms across London

Answer for Gaps at Tube/Train Station Platforms across London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground (LU) is one of the safest metros in the world and TfL takes accessibility very seriously.

Accessibility between the platform and the train is determined by two factors, the vertical step and the horizontal gap. LU's programme of accessibility work is removing the step through a mix of permanent level access at new stations, permanent raised platform sections, low-floor trains and manually-deployed boarding ramps. By 2016, a third of Tube platforms will have level access by one of these means, up from 15 per cent last year.

In many cases these measures also eliminate the horizontal gap, although unfortunately it is not always possible in every location. Platforms that are very curved need to have the tracks set further back to avoid trains striking the platform as they come into the station. LU takes a number of measures to highlight gaps where they exist, including making train and platform announcements, "MIND THE GAP" writing on the platform edge, and positioning lights to illuminate the gap from below. LU continues to seek further solutions to improve accessibility at platforms with gaps.