Step free access

MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What was the cost of the installation of step free access at each tube station where this was installed in each of the last 3 years?


Answer for Step free access

Answer for Step free access

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know, I am fully committed to improving accessibility across London's transport network. Currently, 195 rail and underground platforms are step-free from street to platform, including 66 Tube stations - a quarter of the whole Tube network. In addition to 30 Crossrail stations in London, TfL will make around 40 more Tube and Overground stations step free by 2024, at which point more than half of all rail and Underground stations will be step free.

Our programme of accessibility work also includes a mix of permanent level access at new stations, permanent raised platform sections, low-floor trains and boarding ramps. By 2016 a third of Tube platforms will have level access by one of these means, up from 15 per cent in 2013. 

Since 2011 the following step-free schemes have been successfully delivered at Tube stations:

       Paddington (Hammersmith & Circle lines): Lifts were installed in 2014 as part of a comprehensive station upgrade, including a new ticket hall and concourse. The total cost was£50m.

       Green Park: A new lift shaft and station entrance on Piccadilly and into Green Park was built in 2011 at a cost of just under £50m.

       Blackfriars and Farringdon stations were made step-free in 2011 and 2012 respectively, as part of Network Rail's £6bn Thameslink programme.

During the last three years a number of major station improvements, which include step free access and accessibility enhancements, got underway:

       Tower Hill - Work is under way to install two new lifts and ramps. The project is expected to be complete by next summer.

       Vauxhall - a lift is being installed between the ticket hall and platforms as part of the £36 million station upgrade. Works will be completed by the end of 2015.

       Greenford - Construction is underway on an innovative glass incline lift to enable step-free access to and from the platforms. The lift will be in operation later this year.

       Tottenham Court Road - five new lifts are being installed as part of the £1bn Crossrail and Tube station works. Raised sections of the platforms will provide step-free access to trains when complete by the end of 2016.

       Bond Street - The station is undergoing a major redevelopment to increase capacity and improve accessibility. New lifts will provide step-free access from street to platform. Works will be completed by 2017.

       Bank - step-free access to the Waterloo & City line will be completed in 2017. Proposed work on a wider upgrade will start in 2016 and include step-free access between the Northern line, DLR and the street.

Victoria - work started in January on the construction of two new lift shafts to provide step-free access to all platforms. This will be completed in 2018.