All London Crossrail Stations To Get Step-Free Access

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All London Crossrail Stations To Get Step-Free Access

step freeTransport for London (TfL) has announced that all its London Crossrail stations will have step-free access.

New funding of around £19m means that Seven Kings, Maryland, Manor Park and Hanwell stations will have step-free access, bringing the number of accessible stations to 37 out of 40. TfL says it will continue to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) to provide step-free access at Taplow, Langley and Iver, the remaining three stations.

Mobility-impaired passengers have had a difficult time on public transport. Earlier this year, campaign group Transport for All said staff shortages in tube stations meant that disabled people were increasingly finding themselves unable to access trains. Managing director of London Underground and London Rail Mike Brown said:

"With Crossrail we have an opportunity to embed accessibility at the heart of the city's transport network. That's why we are funding improvements that will mean that all Crossrail stations in London are step-free. This will transform how disabled people can travel in and across the city, and we will now continue to work with the Department for Transport to ensure that all the other stations on the route are accessible."

If you're not busy today, the Access All Areas exhibition is on at the Excel centre. It's only open for one day, but it's a free public exhibition and conference about disabled and older people’s access to transport. The nearest DLR is Prince Regent and has step-free access.

Recently, a YouTube video was published, highlighting the lack of step-free access in London Underground stations.

Photo by Nigel Bewley in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 02 October 2014


Well I am a fully able bodied adult who happens to be on the short side (5' 1") and I struggle to use a lot of the train platforms on SW trains. Some of the London side of the Clapham junction platforms have really big gaps. How do children manage aside for shorts like me and the disabled?

Gordon Joly

I visited the Crossrail Station at Canary during Open House. A few of us chatted about access, and we noted that wheelchair access is just one requirement. The station was very big, and getting to the lifts was quite a trek, for able bodied or anybody who could no use the escalators.


Meanwhile no announced plan to deal with the hopeless access issues on the Bakerloo Line where for example there are 46 steps for platform to surface and no bench for recovery at the surface. To say nothing of level access between platform and carriage because Bakerloo trains run below platform level and Overground some inches above it. Why has Boris made no announcements on this issue?