Mayor sets out Tube access investment plans

Millions more will be investment to make London’s public transport network more accessible, with plans for a further 28 Tube stations to become step-free over the next 10 years.

Plans set 0ut today (December 20) by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and TfL have also confirmed that manual boarding ramps used throughout the Olympics will be kept in use and more introduced throughout 2013.

“London now has the most accessible transport network in the country and one of the most accessible in the world,” said Mr Johnson.

“But it’s not perfect and we must go further – that’s why we’re investing hundreds of millions of pounds and using the most imaginative solutions and the latest technology to take the accessibility of the transport network to the next level.”

Nearly 40 per cent of all stops and stations across London’s rail-based public transport network – including National Rail, Tube, DLR and Tramlink – are currently step-free, up from around 30 per cent in 2008.

Step-free projects totalling £250 million are already underway at Bond Street, Finsbury Park, Greenford, Tottenham Court Road, Vauxhall and Victoria.

Today’s announcement includes schemes to improve signage and make it easier for people with sight loss, and motor and learning disabilities to navigate the Tube.

Faryal Velmi, director of Transport for All, said: “Transport for All welcomes these plans which will improve access to transport services for disabled and older people living, working and visiting London.”

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