There are 270 Tube stations in London, but only 81 of these are described by TfL as being ‘step-free’. A further half of these do not have level boarding from platform to train and so require the use of manual boarding ramps.
What are the latest plans for step-free access improvements?
The Mayor had previously promised 12 stations would be made ‘step-free’ by Spring 2020. These were: Amersham, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East, Osterley, Burnt Oak, Debden, Northolt, Sudbury Hill, Wimbledon Park, Hanger Lane and Ickenham.
But a year past the deadline, and only 3 (Amersham, Cockfosters, and Mill Hill East) are complete.
9 stations’ step-free access projects are currently halted indefinitely due to lack of funds available. These plans would have made the London Underground 40% ‘step-free’.
In a statement to the BBC, TfL says:
“Due to the catastrophic impact of the pandemic and fall in passenger numbers of TfL’s finances, not all step-free schemes that were planned can currently be progressed.”
There are 270 Tube stations in London, and only 81 of these are 'step-free' - but a further half of these require manual boarding ramps.@BBCPolitics followed TfA Trustee Jeff Harvey (@HH23tt) on a trip which should take 30 mins.— Transport for All (@transportforall) March 4, 2021
It took him an hour and a quarter. pic.twitter.com/PrRz4yq7C7