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Please note that most new schemes and upgrades listed in the other sections will be wheelchair accessible.
This page is therefore not a list of all schemes that are relevant to people of restricted mobility,
but is trying to be a list of all schemes that are only relevant to people of restricted mobility.

Index

Stations A-F
Barking
Brixton
Canning Town
Catford Bridge
Chiswick
Clapham Junction
Crayford
Dagenham Dock
Ealing Broadway
East Ham
Finchley Central
Fulham Broadway

Stations G-N
Green Park
Harrow And Wealdstone
High Barnet
Hounslow East
Kilburn
Knightsbridge
Ladbroke Grove
Ladywell
Mile End
Newbury Park
New Malden
North Acton
Northumberland Park

Stations P-Z
Paddington
Pinner
Sutton
Tottenham Hale
Upminster
Upton Park
Wembley Park
West Brompton
West Drayton
West Ham

Other stations and buses


Scheme

Modification date

West Drayton

2001 Nov 28 up

  • In July 2001, Hounslow Council stated that SWELTRAC was seeking funding for mobility-impaired access improvements to West Drayton station

West Brompton

2001 Nov 28 up

  • Both Railtrack platforms at West Brompton are wheelchair-accessible (although the step from the platforms to the trains is about 30cm horizontal and 30cm vertical). The lift providing access to the southbound Railtrack platform also provides access to the northbound District Line platform, since the two platforms have a step-free connection between them
  • In May 1999, London Transport stated that a lift providing step-free access to the southbound District Line platform would be provided during 1999 (see below)
  • In February 2000, London Underground stated that a new 3-year multi-station plan included "better facilities for the disabled" at this station
  • In September 2001, a Transport for London source stated that work would start by the end of 2001

Under Construction Knightsbridge

2001 Nov 28 up

  • On 28th March 1999, work on a major upgrading of the station started
  • From 2nd May 1999, a Bailey Bridge allowed construction under the street for several months
  • Phase 2 of the work will provide step-free access
  • In July 2001, it was reported that the single wall separating the new Hans Crescent booking hall from Harrods could be removed, subject to agreement between Harrods' owner and London Underground
  • The work is expected to be completed in 2002

Under Construction Hounslow East

2001 Nov 28 up

  • In June 1999, architects unveiled a plan for rebuilding the station with a new ticket hall, new stairs and lifts
  • In January 2001, preparatory work started, and the new station was due to open in May 2002
  • In July 2001, Hounslow Council stated that
  • In September 2001, a Transport for London source stated that construction had started in approximately March 2001

Kilburn

2001 Nov 28 up

  • In July 1999, London Underground predicted that this station would be step-free by the end of 2001
  • In early 2000, London Transport stated that the work for step-free access would start in the 2000/1 financial year
  • In September 2001, a Transport for London source stated that work had started in July 2001

Under Construction Fulham Broadway

2001 Sep 17 up

  • In November 1998, London Transport Property requested planning permission for a £65m shopping and leisure complex above the station, which will be rebuilt with lifts. Work was due to start in Spring 1999 and be completed by 2001
  • In October 1999, work started
  • In August 2001, London Underground stated that work would be completed in Summer 2002

Wembley Park

2001 Sep 17 up

  • On event days at the Stadium, Arena or Conference Centre, the station handles more passengers in a concentrated burst than any other station throughout the Underground network
  • If money was forthcoming for a £50m redevelopment, the majority of the work was scheduled to take place while the stadium was closed from September 2000 to 2003. Adding lifts for step-free access to all platforms would occur at the end of the scheme
  • In July 1999, the government, Brent Council and Wembley National Stadium were arguing over who should foot the (then) £30m transport bill for the £240m development
  • In July 1999, Brent Council stated that limited funding to date meant that progress had been limited to feasibility studies, and that utilising the window of opportunity represented by the stadium construction was in doubt
  • In June 2000, the scheme was given the go-ahead by London Underground and Brent Council. The £72m scheme involving engineers Arup and construction consultants Franklin Andrews will include lifts for disabled access, an enlarged ticket hall, wider stairs leading to Olympic Way and a new roof. The new station will be designed to cope with 50000 passengers per hour, which is double the current capacity. (The new Wembley Stadium will hold 90000 people and will have less car/coach parking than the current one.) Work on the new station was due to start in 2001, following final planning consent, and to be completed in mid-2004 at the earliest. It would involve some weekend and possibly weekday closures. Note that the new £475m stadium might be ready for the FA Cup Final in May 2003

Harrow And Wealdstone

2001 Sep 17 up

  • In July 2000, Harrow Council proposed for 4 new lifts to provide step-free access to every platform by mid 2001 (see below)
  • In May 2001, Railtrack stated that the lifts would be completed by mid 2002

Sutton

2001 Sep 17 up

  • In July 1999, Sutton Council expressed a "hope" to have all four platforms wheelchair-accessible by mid 2002
  • In April 2000, the work was under way: Connex stated that the work was due for completion by December 2000
  • In May 2001, the lifts were installed but not yet operational

Clapham Junction

2001 Sep 17 up

  • Access to every platform is currently via steps
  • In July 1998, Wandsworth Council was proposing to add lifts for step-free access to every platform, but stated that no funding was available
  • In July 1999, Wandsworth Council repeated their July 1998 statement
  • In April 2001, Stagecoach SWT won a 20 year franchise extension with a commitment to give Clapham Junction lifts or escalators to platforms by 2007

Other stations and buses

2001 Sep 17 up

  • The Step-free Underground Map and the London Transport site describe which Underground stations are already step-free
  • My WAGN Wheels City resource describes which WAGN stations in North London are already step-free
  • Access feasibility studies were planned for these Underground stations: Acton Town, Archway, Edgware, Finchley Road, Golders Green, Greenford, Hainault, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Leytonstone, Manor House, Morden, Rayners Lane, Russell Square, Tooting Broadway, Tower Hill and Wood Green
  • In Hounslow Borough, the following Railtrack stations are currently step-free: Brentford, Chiswick (London-bound only), Feltham, Hounslow (London-bound full-time and Reading-bound when the gate is open), Syon Lane (one platform only). The following stations are inaccessible: Gunnersbury, Isleworth and Kew Bridge
  • In November 1998, the government stated that between 10 and 20 Underground stations are targeted to have lifts installed by March 2000, as part of a project to establish a core network of 70 stations across the capital by around 2014 at an estimated £200m
  • In November 1998, the government decreed that all 5500 London buses must be wheelchair accessible by 2017, and that all new single-deckers coming into operation after 1st January 2000 must be low-floor
  • In July 1999, Hackney Council stated that Homerton was the only wheelchair-accessible station in the borough
  • In July 1999, Essex Council stated that improved wheelchair access at Brentwood, Chigwell, Epping and Loughton before 2005 was planned
  • In July 2000, Haringey Borough contained no wheelchair-accessible platforms except for Northumberland Park (both platforms) and Tottenham Hale (both Victoria Line platforms and the northbound Railtrack platform)
  • In July 2000, London Underground were performing a study into making "60 core stations including Russell Square and Knightsbridge" wheelchair-accessible, and had decided to perform a study into making every District Line station wheelchair-accessible
  • In July 2000, The Corporation of London regretted that LUL's plan for a core of fully accessible stations included no stations in the City except Liverpool Street
  • In August 2000, Chiltern Railways won a 20-year franchise with a commitment to make all stations wheelchair-accessible. Of the Chiltern-served stations in Greater London or owned by London Underground, Chorleywood, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Rickmansworth, South Ruislip, Sudbury Hill Harrow, Sudbury & Harrow Road and West Ruislip currently have no wheelchair access
  • In January 2001, London's Mayor stated that London Undergroundís proposed core network of accessible stations included a high proportion of stations in the central area
  • In March 2001, Stagecoach SWT won a 20-year franchise extension with a commitment to provide disabled access to all platforms by 2014

Under Construction West Ham

2001 Apr 01 up

  • In October 1999, London Underground stated that they are installing a lift for mobility impaired passengers that links the District/H&C platform directly with the new ticket hall
  • On 30th June 2000, the District and H&C platform was open after being rebuilt a few inches lower to provide level access with the trains: but access was still only via stairs
  • In early 2001, the lift to the District and H&C platforms was under construction

Upminster

2001 Apr 01 up

  • In July 2000, Havering Council stated that the station had no wheelchair access for trains to and from Romford, and that three goods lifts linked the remaining platforms with street level. The goods lifts were available for passenger use if advance notice was given, but very few people used them. It was proposed to refurbish the three lifts for passenger use and fit a new one for the Romford platform. The total cost would be £1.1m, and a bid for £0.06m design work was made for 2001/2

North Acton

2001 Apr 01 up

  • In October 1998, work to bring full step-free access to North Acton station was due to start in January 1999
  • By late 2000, nothing had happened

Green Park

2001 Apr 01 up

  • Lifts for step-free access between the Jubilee Line and the Piccadilly Line were built as part of the Jubilee Line extension project. There is no step-free access to the Victoria Line or the street

Tottenham Hale

2000 Dec 03 up

  • Both Victoria Line platforms and the northbound Railtrack platform have step-free access from the street
  • In July 2000, Haringey Council bid for £0.4m to install a lift on the southbound Railtrack platform, which is served by Stansted Skytrain and all other trains to Liverpool Street

Open Northumberland Park

2000 Dec 03 up

  • The northbound platform has been wheelchair accessible for some years
  • The southbound platform has been wheelchair accessible since July 2000

Mile End

2000 Dec 03 up

  • By November 2000, a lift from the street to the ticket hall was planned, even though there would still be steps between the ticket hall and the platforms

Under Construction East Ham

2000 Oct 06 up

  • After work to bring full step-free access to East Ham station had to stop in February 1999 due to "spot-listing" by English Heritage, permission to proceed was given in approximately May 1999
  • SARNS in 1999 - "Preliminary work for the lifts has already been done. The total cost is now £4.7m and will include 2 lifts and new public conveniences in the booking hall area. Together with a fixed queue barrier and a small newsagent (not the same tenants as at present)"
  • By end September 2000 the westbound platform had been reconstructed to be level with trains

Ealing Broadway

2000 Oct 06 up

  • In July 1998, Ealing Council proposed comprehensive redevelopment including step-free access
  • In July 2000, Ealing Council stated that wheelchair access would not occur before 2002 at the earliest

Under Construction Crayford

2000 Jun 06 up

  • By October 1998, construction work had begun on a new step-free access from the town centre to the north side of the station
  • In October 1998, Bexley Council stated that a step-free footbridge linking the platforms would be part of the work
  • By May 2000, construction work seemed to have ceased. Both platforms had step-free street access, but the footbridge was still stepped: the step-free route between the platforms is via Station Road

Chiswick

2000 Apr 06 up

  • This SWT station currently has one wheelchair-accessible platform for trains towards London
  • In July 1999, Hounslow Council stated that some work had been performed towards making the other platform wheelchair accessible, but that more work would be needed: Hounslow expressed keenness for the extra work to be performed but gave no indication of imminence
  • In July 2000, Hounslow Council restated their July 1999 position

Brixton

2000 Apr 06 up

  • In early 2000, Lambeth Council gave the go-ahead for an £11.5 million revamp, including construction of a third escalator and lifts for disabled access

Pinner

2000 Apr 06 up

  • In July 1999, London Underground predicted that access for the mobility-impaired would be improved by the end of 2001 (see below)
  • In February 2000, London Underground stated that a new 3-year multi-station plan included "better facilities for the disabled" at this station

Paddington

2000 Apr 06 up

  • In late 1998, London Underground stated that an access feasibility study would involve the Circle/District and Bakerloo platforms only
  • In July 1999, London Underground stated that lift access to the Bakerloo Line would be provided by the end of 2001 (see below)
  • In February 2000, London Underground stated that a new 3-year multi-station plan included "better facilities for the disabled" at this station

Newbury Park

2000 Apr 06 up

  • In July 1999, London Underground predicted that access for the mobility-impaired would be improved by the end of 2001 (see below)
  • In February 2000, London Underground stated that a new 3-year multi-station plan included "better facilities for the disabled" at this station

High Barnet

2000 Apr 06 up

  • In July 1999, London Underground predicted that access for the mobility-impaired would be improved by the end of 2001 (see below)
  • In February 2000, London Underground stated that a new 3-year multi-station plan included "better facilities for the disabled" at this station

Finchley Central

2000 Apr 06 up

  • In July 1999, London Underground predicted that access for the mobility-impaired would be improved by the end of 2001 (see below)
  • In February 2000, London Underground stated that a new 3-year multi-station plan included "better facilities for the disabled" at this station

Barking

2000 Jan 31 up

  • One platform has a direct wheelchair-accessible route: all other platforms have a circuitous wheelchair-accessible route
  • In July 1999, Barking Council discussed adding extra lifts to give all platforms a quick wheelchair-accessible route, but no timescale was given

New Malden

1999 Dec 06 up

  • In July 1999, Kingston Council stated that ramps or a lift to provide wheelchair access are "under consideration" as part of a bid for station improvements in 2000/1

Dagenham Dock

1999 Dec 06 up

  • In July 1999, Barking Council stated that it was "exploring means to facilitate" improved access to the station

Ladbroke Grove

1999 Dec 06 up

  • In early 1999 both platforms were rebuilt level with trains as part of a project to provide step free access, but there were still steps between the booking hall and the platforms

Open Canning Town DLR

1999 May 16 up


Catford Bridge

1999 Mar 21 up

  • Connex have closed the two side entrances to Catford Bridge station, which gave step-free access to the London-bound platform. Access to that platform now involves travelling up and down a footbridge, although Connex will unlock a side entrance if they are given 24 hours notice
  • Connex have announced that plans to redevelop the station include a lift for disabled access

Ladywell

1999 Mar 21 up

  • Connex have closed the side entrance to Ladywell station, which gave step-free access to the London-bound platform. Access to that platform now involves travelling up and down a footbridge, although Connex will unlock the side entrance if they are given 24 hours notice

Upton Park

1998 Nov 30 up

  • SARNS in November 1998 - "Upton Park is to receive an investment of £4.2m in the next 6 months to begin construction of escalators from the platform to booking hall level, complete refurbishment, and new UTS barriers - complete with two large exit gates for the football traffic"
  • I suspect that this work will make the station step-free

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