Step Free Access at Ruislip Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5832
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What action does the Mayor intend to undertake to ensure that Ruislip Station will be made accessible with step free action, and will he give an assessment as to how this can be achieved?

Answer

Answer for Step Free Access at Ruislip Station

Answer for Step Free Access at Ruislip Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL and I are firmly committed to improving the accessibility of the transport network, as set out in the publication Your Accessible Transport Network (tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/your-accessible-transport-network-update.pdf). This sets out what has been delivered to improve accessibility in the past year, and what we still plan to do.

Currently, 195 rail and underground platforms are step-free from street to platform, including 66 Tube stations - a quarter of the whole Tube network. I recently confirmed funding to make all 30 Crossrail stations in London step-free ahead of the service opening in 2019, which will transform step-free journeys across the capital. In addition to the Crossrail stations, TfL has committed to making around a further 40 Tube and Overground stations step-free by 2024, at which point more than half of all rail and Tube stations will be step-free.

I recently announced an additional £75million fund to speed up the rate at which the network is made accessible. To maximise the benefit of the programme and the value from public investment, the fund will be used to match contributions from local councils and property developers for improvements to step-free access, at priority locations that would unlock large numbers of new accessible journeys. 

Over the next few months TfL will be talking to all London boroughs to understand their aspirations and priorities for step-free access, and explore match-funding opportunities. Commercial negotiations will need to be progressed before a step-free access programme and timing can be confirmed.