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.
Currently 80 Tube stations, 60 London Overground stations and 25 stations served by TfL Rail have step-free access. All DLR stations and tram stops are step-free.
The most recent station to go step free is Cockfosters (October 2020).
The next seven Tube stations to go step-free are:
- Sudbury Hill
- Wimbledon Park
Knightsbridge will be made step-free in 2021/22.
Two new stations created as part of the Northern line extension - Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station - will also have step-free access.
Since 2016, 12 Tube stations have been made step-free: Tower Hill, Vauxhall, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Bromley-by-Bow, Buckhurst Hill, Victoria, Newbury Park, Finsbury Park, South Woodford, Mill Hill East and Cockfosters.
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 Hanwell, Iver, Taplow and Langley in early 2020.
The next TfL Rail stations to become step-free will be:
2021: Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway, Hayes & Harlington, Ilford, Romford, Southall, West Ealing, West Drayton
From February 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.