Step free access

MQT on 2020-02-24
Session date: 
February 24, 2020
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


TfL’s website currently states in the year 2019/20: Amersham, Burnt Oak, Cockfosters, Debden, Hanger Lane, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Ickenham, Mill Hill East, Northolt, Osterley, Sudbury Hill and Wimbledon Park will become step free. For each of the stations please state the actual month this year when step free access will start to operate.


Answer for Step free access
Step free access

Step free access

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am pushing ahead with my ambitious plans to make London a more accessible city and I have invested unprecedented amounts to deliver the largest boost to accessibility in the Tube’s history.

Since I became Mayor, 11 Tube stations have become step-free, bringing the total to 79. Four of these were part of the first phase of my Accessibility Programme: Buckhurst Hill, Newbury Park, South Woodford and Mill Hill East.

Work is well underway to deliver step-free access at the remaining 11 Tube stations that are part of the first phase of my Accessibility Programme. As TfL’s press release on 21 February set out, the following stations will be made step-free this year:


  • Cockfosters (Spring)
  • Amersham (Summer)
  • Ickenham (Summer)
  • Wimbledon Park (Summer)
  • Debden (Summer)
  • Osterley (Summer)
  • Hanger Lane (Summer)
  • Northolt (Summer)
  • Sudbury Hill (Autumn)
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill (Autumn)
  • Burnt Oak (Winter)

In the next phase of my Accessibility Programme eight stations will be made step-free by Spring 2024: Boston Manor, Colindale, Knightsbridge, North Ealing, Park Royal, Rickmansworth, Ruislip and Snaresbrook. This will make 38 per cent of the Tube network fully accessible.

The continued modernisation of the Tube is a key part of my Transport Strategy to make London a greener, more accessible place. While Transport for London (TfL) and I continue to take this kind of positive action for London, the lack of certainty around capital investment from government in the future is making it much harder to deliver some projects and priorities. TfL and I remain committed to making additional stations step-free and will be working with government and third parties to identify all funding options available to enable us to deliver more accessible stations.