Step-free access at East Finchley Station

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


East Finchley station had a raised platform installed a few years ago, but has no lifts to get from the ticket hall level to the platforms. How much would lifts or other step free schemes there cost, and has any work been undertaken to assess how this could be accommodated?


Answer for Step-free access at East Finchley Station

Answer for Step-free access at East Finchley Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to increasing the amount of step-free stations across the network to make the Tube more accessible.  In December 2016, I announced a £200m programme to provide step-free access at around 30 stations over the next five years, and by 2022 Transport for London (TfL) aims to make 40 per cent of the Tube network step-free.

TfL has carried out a high-level investigation into installing lifts at East Finchley. It has indicated that the scheme would involve installing two lifts into a listed building, and the layout of the station means that the worksite would be significantly constrained. 

Furthermore, the scheme would involve excavating under the tracks and this would result in a high level of disruption to both the station and the train service. Due to the complexity of this project and therefore high estimated cost, in the region of £15m - £20m, East Finchley is not being considered as part of the £200m five-year programme.