What are the next TfL stations to become step-free?
Request ID: FOI-2501-2223 Date published: 27 January 2023
Happy New Year to you all :)
Given our Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's commitment to ensure as many stations become step-free as possible since 2016, and the recent 2021-22 TfL public consultation on the matter, there looks like more TfL stations are on their way to becoming step-free as we head to a more accessible London.
Thanks to the development over the past years, 100% of the 45 DLR, 41 Elizabeth Line, 39 Tram stops & 2 Cable-Car stops are now step-free...meaning that we now just need to focus on the 272 Tube stations (of the 11 London Underground Lines) and the 113 London Overground stations (including the unofficial 'Battersea Park' station).
So I just wanted to ask you...
a) which Tube & Overground stations are currently on the process/ having works/ construction ongoing as we speak to becoming step-free soon (even if only partially step-free & not every line & platform of the station) - regardless if the works have been halted?
(the only one I am aware of is Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line set for 2023 opening)
b) and secondly, what are the Tube & Overground stations planned for 2023 (and beyond in the following years) to become step-free in the near future?
Would me great if you can provide me a list of the stations currently planned to upgraded with step-free access in the near future...even if those stations have not been fully confirmed yet.
Would be great if you can help me with these questions.
TfL Ref: 2501-2223
Thank you for your request received by us on 2 January 2023 asking for information about step-free access stations.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm that we hold the information you require. You asked:
which Tube & Overground stations are currently on the process/ having works/ construction ongoing as we speak to becoming step-free soon (even if only partially step-free & not every line & platform of the station) - regardless if the works have been halted? (the only one I am aware of is Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line set for 2023 opening)
Since May 2021, the following five stations on the London Underground network have become step-free: Harrow-on-the-Hill, Sudbury Hill, Osterley, Wimbledon Park and Ickenham.
A further three stations have been made fully step free by completion of the Elizabeth Line: Moorgate, Whitechapel and Ealing Broadway, which means that over one third of Tube stations are now step-free. Going forward, Knightsbridge Station’s Hoopers Court entrance, and Paddington Station on the Bakerloo line will both open with step-free access to passengers in 2023.
and secondly, what are the Tube & Overground stations planned for 2023 (and beyond in the following years) to become step-free in the near future?
Transport for London’s Business Plan includes funding to allow TfL to progress with station accessibility and enhancement schemes. A prioritisation exercise is underway to determine which London Underground schemes best meet the public’s needs and offer value for money.
In the meantime, the London Overground network has a number of step-free schemes, which are progressing through design and livery at the following stations:
Surrey Quays is currently expected to be delivered during 2026. However, delivery of step-free access at other stations remains subject to confirmation of feasibility, value and affordability.
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