More than half of rail and Underground stations on the Transport for London network are expected to be step-free by 2018, after Mayor of London Boris Johnson brought forward a target that originally stated that the target would be met by 2020.
The target of 45% step-free access by 2015 was surpassed, and now the the Mayor has set out a new plan for access levels – with Brent Cross Underground station set to be come step-free with the installation of a £10 million investment in a lift making the station accessible to wheelchair users. The cost is being met by the Brent Cross Cricklewood project which is developing the area.
The current programme will ensure that a number of other stations on the Tube are made step-free this year, including Greenford, Tower Hill and Vauxhall.
There are 66 Tube stations that are currently step-free and around 40 more Underground and Overground stations will become step-free over the next decade, including Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Vauxhall and Victoria. When Crossrail fully opens in 2019, all 40 stations will be step-free.
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