Step Free access at West Hampstead

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5170
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Could I have an update on plans for step-free access at West Hampstead. What work has been done by TfL to assess the viability of upgrading the bridge on Blackburn Road?

Answer

Answer for Step Free access at West Hampstead

Answer for Step Free access at West Hampstead

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) has examined the possibility of providing step-free access at West Hampstead Tube station in the past. I understand it is an extremely complex location as the layout of the ticket hall and the wider station presents significant constraints. There are considerable limitations because it is an island platform surrounded by a very busy operational railway that must be maintained in service. The installation of lifts must also be delivered in a way which safeguards the potential for future capacity enhancement works should they be needed. TfL had concluded that to install a lift, the existing station would have to be comprehensively remodelled, closed for the duration, and a second station entrance constructed elsewhere. Nevertheless, TfL will be revisiting this and commissioning a feasibility study which will be completed in 2018. The study will incorporate a number of options including the potential to create a secondary entrance at the southern end of the platform where the footbridge from Blackburn Road is currently located. The final decision as to whether step free access can be installed will be dependent on the outcome of the study and continuing discussions with Camden Council.