London News Roundup

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 46 months ago
London News Roundup

Only 25 per cent of tube stations have step-free access. Photo by Nigel Bewley, in the Londonist Flickr pool.

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Last Updated 25 September 2014


The # of Tube stations with step-free access (mostly suburban) is even worse since lifts are constantly out of order. TfL seems to look at any lift which isn't essential (i.e. ones that are the only platform access) as something to fix sometime-next-year-maybe.

When they are working, they are often regarded as a "special-needs-only" part of the infrastructure - as in 'Could I please use the lift?" "Why - you don't look disabled". Compare to everywhere else (US, EU, Asia) where lifts just... work.