Step Free Access

MQT on 2018-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2018
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please provide an update on how your £200 million funding initiative for station access is delivering step free access to underground stations?


Answer for Step Free Access

Answer for Step Free Access

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you for your question.  I am committed to making our transport network accessible to everyone.  This is why we are investing an unprecedented £200 million to deliver the largest boost to accessibility in the Tube’s history.  The funding is to increase the number of step‑free stations on the Tube network from 70 at the end of 2016 to 100 by 2022.  This investment represents a key part of my Transport Strategy, which aims to create a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city by reducing reliance on car journeys and improving public transport. 


Since 2016 step‑free access works have been completed at Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Bromley‑by‑Bow and Buckhurst Hill, which was the first of the stations within my Accessibility Programme to be completed in May of this year.  Opening up Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street has made it easier for older and disabled people, and other customers who find it difficult to use stairs or escalators, to access central London. 


As part of the Accessibility Programme TfL is delivering 30 new step‑free access stations by 2022.  So far we have announced 23 out of the 30 stations to be made step‑free.  These 23 stations serve nearly 53 million customers per year.  The next station to become step‑free will be Newbury Park in October.  Works at Knightsbridge and Harrow‑on‑the‑Hill are also underway.  TfL will begin work at, South Woodford, Mill Hill East and Cockfosters in the next few months.


Navin Shah AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor.  I have, as you know, raised with you an issue about Stanmore Station step‑free access.  Can I urge you and TfL to look at a couple of potential options for urgent measures to make the stations step‑free?  The first, which is the preferred option, is that the cost of step‑free access may fall within your criteria for your £200 million step‑free access funding.  If this is the case, would you consider that this station goes into that particular funding programme?


The second option is to ring fence any funds that are raised from the current proposed development of the station carpark that you have announced for two of the Harrow Station carparks, together with any funds raised from Section 106 and I guess strategic industrial land money by Harrow Council.  This obviously will be a long‑term scenario, which I really would like to avoid. 


Look at the first option, because I reckon giving the recent feasibility and so on it may well be worth looking at delivering this within the £6 million target. 


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Assembly Member Shah has been very successful in lobbying me to have step‑free access in his constituency with the announcements already made.  Also, today he is showing his innovation in giving me two potential routes to have more stations step‑free in his patch, including Stanmore.  I know Stanmore is step‑free to the platform but has accessibility issues.


I will look at both your ideas.  One is whether this can be one of the seven left in relation to step‑free from TfL funding, and also to see whether we can use development opportunities to get step‑free access.  Chairman, why do I not, through you, agree for the TfL team to liaise directly with Assembly Member Shah in relation to these options and also to keep him involved in relation to the work it is doing on scheme design, planning requirements and any potential opportunities for Stanmore to benefit from full street‑to‑train step‑free access?


Navin Shah AM:  Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  Thank you very much.