London Underground lifts out of service (2)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You stated that the recorded cost of providing taxis in these circumstances for the financial year 2013/14 was £430.53. Would it not make sense to invest in creating more step-free access stations?


Answer for London Underground lifts out of service (2)

Answer for London Underground lifts out of service (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Due to the nature of London's Victorian tube system, step-free access often costs many millions of pounds per lift installation, due to the many challenges that exist. It is right that we provide a taxi service to those customers that can't access the network, due to lifts being out of service.

Millions of pounds are being invested to make London's transport network more accessible. Currently, 66 Tube stations are step-free, which represents a quarter of the whole Tube network. I am pleased to say that TfL will make 28 more Tube and Overground stations step-free over the next decade, complemented by over 40 National Rail and Crossrail stations into the heart of the city, by 2019/20. The entire bus fleet is accessible with low-floors throughout, ramps and wheelchair spaces. In addition, all London's taxis, trams, many river services, the Emirates Air Line and some private hire vehicles are accessible to wheelchair users.