Step-Free access for Kentish Town station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5169
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You may be aware that Camden Council are seeking to move services for mobility impaired residents near to Kentish Town tube station. Consequently, Camden Council have put in a bid for funding to TfL to request that the station is made step-free. Will you look favourably on this bid and ensure Kentish Town has a higher priority for step-free funding access?

Answer

Answer for Step-Free access for Kentish Town station

Answer for Step-Free access for Kentish Town station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to making the Tube more accessible by increasing the amount of step-free stations across the network. Last year I created a £200m programme to provide step-free access at around 30 stations over the next five years.

Across the network, TfL is taking its investment decisions based on the likely impact on passengers. We want to focus on stations where there is a strategic impact on the network, for example targeting 'no go' areas without accessible stations or interchanges that will allow people to access different route options. Kentish Town is not being considered as part of the £200m programme as other stations achieving a greater impact are being prioritised.

TfL has carried out a high-level investigation into installing lifts at Kentish Town which indicated that this would be very complex.  The scheme would involve digging new tunnels and installing a new lift shaft in a very constrained work site, adjacent to the main road and busy operational railways. I appreciate that the council is seeking to move services for disabled residents near to Kentish Town station. Transport for London will continue to keep this under review, for example considering opportunities with developers in case this should bring forward substantial additional funding sources.

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