An additional 13 tube stations will be upgraded to step-free access by early 2022 it has been announced today.

The next stations to benefit from step-free access will be:

  • Boston Manor
  • Burnt Oak
  • Debden
  • Hanger Lane
  • Ickenham
  • North Ealing
  • Northolt
  • Park Royal
  • Rickmansworth
  • Ruislip
  • Snaresbrook
  • Sudbury Hill
  • Wimbledon Park

Together they see more than 33 million passenger journeys each year.

This will help bring the total number of Underground stations with step-free access to all platforms to 102 stations, making 37.7 percent of the network step-free, with an intention to lift that to 40% by 2022. The next stations to go step-free will be announced in due course.

As part of the accessibility programme, a new lift design was signed earlier this year that can be replicated across many stations. It delivers the same standards of reliability but at a fraction of the cost and length of time it previously took to design, manufacture and install a lift.

TfL anticipates that this initiative will cut the cost of installing each lift cut by 70 percent, making savings of £15m for reinvestment in improving transport in London. It will also cut the delivery time by 40 percent, allowing TfL to introduce step-free access in the quickest time possible.

In ongoing works, Newbury Park, Bromley-by-Bow and Buckhurst Hill are scheduled to be step-free in 2018, with work completing at Harrow-on-the-Hill in 2019. Work at Amersham, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East, Osterley and South Woodford will start this year.

Work is also progressing at Knightsbridge, and interchanges including Bank, Finsbury Park and Victoria.


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  1. SteveP says:

    Excellent news, although I reserve a slight skepticism regarding the availability of said lifts that are not essential to station operation . It always seems that lifts are rationed- “see staff” as if they were a limited resource.

    Nice to see some standard designs being utilised as well. And don’t forget my constant refrain that TfL should make TWO of every unique escalator and then keep the second one in a warehouse somewhere. The current process was copid from Groundhogs Day

    • Melvyn says:

      Providing lifts helps throughput of passengers as it provides an alternative to the slow emptying of platforms by passengers having to trudge up stairs before the next train deposits more passengers on the platform.!

      Of course while lifts are normally associated with easier access I think many stations which have large throughput of passengers would benefit from escalators from platforms where interchange subways are just above or below platforms. In fact, there are a number of stations like Angel where it’s possible to get from street to platforms using escalators and these can be found on the Stair Free Map which I think doesn’t get enough publicity and maybe it’s time a symbol was introduced to show these stations on station and pocket tube map ?

  2. Melvyn says:

    It seems you wait 8 years that’s two terms of Mayor Boris for nothing to find his successor announced 13 Stations on a single day and that’s after announced 6 Stations a couple of months ago !

    I wonder how many of these schemes were announced by Mayor Ken Livingstone and thus could have been delivered nearly a decade ago had Ken remained Mayor in 2008 ?

    I checked map and noticed that many of these schemes are in west London where accessible stations are far more sparse than in east London which has benefited from fully accessible DLR, JLE and now Crossrail together with many underground stations .

    One oddity is many of these stations are on Central and Piccadilly Lines which both have not very accessible trains or provision for wheelchairs on board !

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