Transport for London has announced that lifts have been installed at Bromley-by-bow station for the first time, this makes it the 73rd step-free station on London Underground’s network.
The station, which sees nearly 4 million passengers a year, will feature step-free access to both the East and Westbound platforms of the District and Hammersmith & City lines, making it easier to travel for everyone.
The completion of this work follows the Mayor of London’s recent announcement that another 13 stations are set to go step-free by Spring 2022. In total, £200m is being sent to make stations step-free.
TfL also has the most accessible bus fleet in the world, with all 9,000 buses low-floor wheelchair accessible and fitted with ramps.
Additionally, all 22,000 of London’s taxis are fitted with wheelchair ramps and TfL has begun work to enhance access at taxi ranks.
What did the officials say?
Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross said: ‘We’re determined to ensure that London has a modern transport network that is accessible for every Londoner.
‘That’s why Sadiq is investing records sums to deliver the largest boost to step-free access in the Tube’s 155-year history.
‘I’m delighted that Bromley-by-Bow is the next station to go step-free and know that these new lifts will make a particular difference helping parents with young children, older people and those with disabilities get around safely and easily every day.’
Caroline Sheridan, London Underground’s Director of Renewals and Enhancements, said: ‘The new lifts at Bromley-by-Bow will totally transform the experience of customers in the local area with mobility impairments.
‘Making our entire network more accessible is hugely important, both to us and to the Mayor, and we are determined to do more to enable everyone to use the Tube network.
‘The Mayor has pledged another £200m to boost accessibility and we will be delivering further improvements in the coming years.’
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: ‘I’m delighted that the works to make Bromley-by-Bow station step-free are complete.
‘TfL, Tower Hamlets Council, and the LLDC have come together in partnership to contribute towards the installation of these vital lifts. This will make a huge difference in making transport in the Borough accessible for all.’
Rob Johnson, Project Lead at Local Voices, said: ‘It is excellent news to see Bromley-by-Bow going step-free this week.
‘Public transport in this area can be problematic for the disabled community which also hosts several disability organisations.
‘Step-free at Bromley-by-Bow will also give that community much easier access to connections at West Ham for to the Jubilee Line, DLR and Fenchurch Street services.’