Lifts at Rayners Lane Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1018
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A petition was presented last year for lifts at Rayners Lane station. There is a strong case for accessibility at this station. What prospects are there for the provision of lifts?

Answer

Answer for Lifts at Rayners Lane Station

Answer for Lifts at Rayners Lane Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Both TfL and I are fully committed to improving accessibility on the Capital's transport network and great progress has been made since 2008. There are now 195 rail and Underground platforms that are step-free, which includes 66 Tube stations. In the coming years a number of major central London stations - such as Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Tower Hill and Victoria will also become step-free.

TfL has considered the provision of lifts at Rayners Lane station but has not pursued this due to challenges associated with station structure and heritage. TfL's assessment indicates that installing lifts is likely to be difficult due to the station's confined space and restricted layout. Some parts of the station are also heritage listed, meaning TfL wouldn't be able to make all the required changes to the structure of the station and furniture on the platforms. A further issue has been that the station was never going to be fully accessible as both Metropolitan line and Piccadilly line trains share the same platforms at different heights, impacting platform-to-train accessibility. However this limitation is now expected to be overcome with the introduction of Manual Boarding Ramps this year.

Last October I announced a new fund of £75 million for the delivery of additional step-free access schemes at Underground stations. This funding over 10 years, is intended to be used to deliver step-free schemes supplemented by third party contributions from local authorities and property developers at locations which could unlock large numbers of new accessible journeys.

The exact location and number of stations included in the programme will depend on a number of criteria including the extent to which third party funding can be agreed, scheme affordability and feasibility of step-free access design, as well as whether there is a good fit with strategic objectives such as improving current network accessibility gaps, providing good interchange opportunities and improving links with town centres.

During the course of this year TfL will be working with local authorities to identify stations that meet the criteria to be delivered as part of this new fund and will look at Rayners Lane again as part of this process.