Lifts at Stanmore Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5225
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

At a recent public meeting organised by the 'Stanmore Society', a renewed and strong call was made for step-free access at this station. As you and Val Shawcross - Deputy Mayor for Transport know, there is a very strong case to deliver lifts at this station. What is required, within the scope of your dedicated funding for step-free access, to fulfil your criteria for an urgent action on part of TfL to deliver genuine step-free access at this station? 

Answer

Answer for Lifts at Stanmore Station

Answer for Lifts at Stanmore Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In December 2016, I announced the creation of a £200m programme to provide step-free access at around 30 stations on the Tube over the next five years. Funding to provide step-free access at eight Tube stations has been confirmed at the following locations: Amersham, Buckhurst Hill, Cockfosters, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Mill Hill East, Newbury Park, Osterley and South Woodford.

Across the network, Transport for London (TfL) is taking its investment decisions based on the likely impact on passengers. London Underground (LU) has prioritised stations for step-free access based on their strategic importance, for example targeting areas without accessible stations or interchanges that will allow people to access different route options. Other criteria are taken into account such as scheme deliverability and cost.  Through the step-free access programme, LU hopes to deliver an equitable spread of step-free stations across London and reduce the excess Journey Time that disabled people have to spend travelling

I am aware the current provision of step free access at Stanmore presents a significant barrier for many disabled and older people. My officers will continue to seek a better solution for Stanmore by engaging with the Council and local stakeholders, and pursuing third party funding opportunities with developers as and when they arise.

LU is in the process of identifying the next tranche of stations as part of the step-free access programme. A number of stations are being considered, some of which are located in Harrow. Further details will be announced in the New Year.