Transport for London has announced that Buckhurst Hill Tube Station is now step-free, improving access for thousands of passengers.
Buckhurst Station serves the central line – one of the busiest tube lines. Buckhurst Station is the first to benefit from the Mayor of London’s 200m fund to improve access to the capital.
The station has become the 74th station to become step-free on the Underground and is the first of five stations on the eastern section of the Central line that will be made step-free over the coming years.
This investment across the transport system will mean that by 2022, 40% of the network will be step-free – a significant increase on the current level of 27%.
The other stations confirmed to be included in the Mayor’s investment boost are: Amersham, Boston Manor, Burnt Oak, Cockfosters, Debden, Hanger Lane, Ickenham, Mill Hill East, Newbury Park, North Ealing, Northolt, Osterley, Park Royal, Rickmansworth, Ruislip, South Woodford, Snaresbrook, Sudbury Hill and Wimbledon Park.
There are seven further stations still to be confirmed.
What did the officials say?
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
‘I’m committed to making our transport network accessible to all Londoners and visitors to the capital.
‘That’s why I vowed to significantly improve stations across London and am delivering the largest boost to accessibility in the Tube’s 155-year history.
‘I’m delighted that Buckhurst Hill Tube station is the first to benefit from the £200m boost. I know it’s going to make a big difference to help those with disabilities, parents with pushchairs or anyone who struggles with their mobility.’
Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, said:
‘It’s vital that we continue to make the Underground more accessible and we are determined to do more to help our customers experience all London has to offer.
‘We are investing unprecedented amounts into improving our network, including boosting capacity and providing more step-free access, in order to ensure that we can help deliver the Mayor’s vision for transport in London.’
Elaine James, CEO of DABD, said:
‘As a charity working in East London to promote independence and inclusion, we welcome today’s positive news regarding Buckhurst Hill station becoming step-free.
‘The continued investment and commitment to increasing accessibility throughout the transport network will benefit not only our service users but everyone living and visiting London. It will also increase choice around the journeys that people are able to make.’
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