West Hampstead Underground Step Free access

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2849
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What is the estimated cost of installing step free access at West Hampstead tube station?

Answer

Answer for West Hampstead Underground Step Free access

Answer for West Hampstead Underground Step Free access

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has examined the possibility of providing step-free access at West Hampstead station in the past and has found the project to be extremely complex. The layout of the ticket hall, and wider station, presents significant constraints, not least the limitations imposed by an island platform surrounded by a very busy operational railway that must be maintained in service. To install a lift, either the existing station would have to be comprehensively remodelled (and closed for the duration) and/or a temporary (possibly permanent) second station entrance constructed elsewhere.

TfL does not have a viable feasibility design for step-free access at West Hampstead, but any solution is likely to be expensive, with costs probably well in excess of £10m.  TfL's Step Free Access Partnership Fund is based on match funding, so should potential sources for third-party funding come forward TfL would be happy to review the situation at West Hampstead.