Step-free access

Step-free access stations have lifts or ramps - or a combination of both - so that customers don't have to use escalators or stairs to move between the street and the platform. See our page on wheelchair access and avoiding stairs.

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Step-free consultation

We're running a consultation until 10 February 2022 on the future of the step-free Tube network. What would you want us to prioritise in any future step-free works?

Currently 89 Tube stations, 60 London Overground stations and most of the 27 stations served by TfL Rail have step-free access. All DLR stations and tram stops are step free.

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The most recent station to go step-free is Osterley in October 2021.

The next Tube stations to go step-free are:

  • Sudbury Hill
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill

Knightsbridge will be made step-free in 2022.

Two new stations created as part of the Northern line extension - Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station - are also step free. They opened in September 2021.

Elizabeth line/TfL Rail

All stations on the Elizabeth line will have step-free access. This includes the new stations in central London (currently being built by Crossrail Ltd) and existing stations in east and west London, currently served by TfL Rail, that will become part of the line.

The most recent stations to go step free are Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway in 2021.

The next TfL Rail stations to become step-free will be:

2021: Hayes & Harlington, Ilford, Romford, Southall and West Drayton

Find out more about TfL Rail station improvements.

London Overground

From autumn 2021: Whitechapel

By December 2022: Barking Riverside (new station with step-free access)

2024 onwards (subject to review): Battersea Park, Hackney Downs, Peckham Rye, Queen's Park, Seven Sisters

Platform to train access

Step-free access projects don't always create level access between the platform and the train. But any new trains introduced as part of our work to improve the Tube should minimise the step and gap between platform and train.

In some places we are also adding portable ramps that can be positioned by station staff or building platform humps - permanently raised areas on the platform. These help to ensure a full step-free route from street to train.

See the Step-Free Tube guide on the Tube maps page.