West Hampstead station step free access

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4441
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

West Hampstead station is in need of step free access, but you have decided that it is not a priority for this. What were the reasons for your decision, and what objective criteria did you apply in making your decision?

Answer

Answer for West Hampstead station step free access

Answer for West Hampstead station step free access

Answered By: 
The Mayor

At a time when funding is limited, TfL currently prioritises stations which, if made step-free, could unlock the greatest number of customer journeys or introduce a step-free access route where none currently exists.

West Hampstead is already served by the step-free Thameslink station, linking customers to Tube stations with step-free access and interchange such as St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and London Bridge. Tube customers can also access the Jubilee line step-free from nearby Kilburn Tube station, which is accessible by bus 189.

Introducing step-free access to West Hampstead Tube station would be expensive and difficult.  The Underground station ticket hall sits on a road bridge above the railway and the station itself is constrained on either side by various properties.

TfL is also proposing a new station building for the London Overground station which will provide step-free access as part of the DfT's Access for All scheme. A planning application will be submitted in late 2014, with work expected to begin in early 2015.

I recently announced a new £75m fund in order to introduce step-free access to even more Tube stations across London. In allocating this fund, TfL is prioritising the affordability of the schemes and the extent to which any third party funding can be agreed. This ensures TfL can introduce step-free access to the greatest number of stations.