Transport Strategy – Step-free access (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12247
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

As part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, an ambitious aim is to improve step-free access to 40% of the Tube network by 2022. As this was a target set of off the existing figure of 26% of the network, what percentage of the network is currently step-free?

Answer

Transport Strategy – Step-free access (1)

Transport Strategy – Step-free access (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I announced the creation of my step-free access programme in December 2016, to deliver the largest boost to accessibility in the Tube’s history. At that time 26 per cent of the Tube network had step-free access. Since then, eight stations have become step-free, bringing the total to 78, including vital interchange stations such as Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Victoria and Finsbury Park. Twenty-eight per cent of the network is now step free.

I previously announced 15 stations will be made step-free by Spring 2020. Three of those have already been delivered, and the remaining 12 are on track to be completed by Spring 2020.

A further six stations were originally going to be delivered by Spring 2022. Due to the lack of certainty around capital investment from Government, some projects and priorities have had to be adapted and TfL now expects to complete the delivery of these six stations by Spring 2024, bringing the total percentage of tube step-free access to at least 38 per cent.

TfL is continuing to explore opportunities with developers and third parties to secure additional funding and introduce step-free access at more stations.