Disabled Access at Queen's Park Station

Navin Shah - Local residents have approached me about the lack of disabled access at Queens Park Station. What action is the Mayor taking and when to ensure lifts are installed here?

Written response from the Mayor

TfL is wholly committed to making London’s transport network as accessible as possible and this is something it has focused on significantly in recent years. 63 Tube stations are now step-free. At a time when funding is limited, the current focus of the Tube step-free programme is to install lifts at some of the most heavily used key interchange stations – often as part of wider station redevelopment to provide additional capacity. So stations such as King’s Cross St. Pancras and Green Park are now step-free, and Blackfriars and Farringdon stations will soon join them.  Work is also underway at Paddington (Hammersmith & City), Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street (the latter two will of course interchange with Crossrail once it is running).

Queen’s Park station is owned by Network Rail and is therefore subject to their decisions on accessibility. The station is, however, eligible for funding to install lifts under the DfT’s Access for All programme. TfL considers Queen’s Park a priority location and would strongly support a bid for a scheme in any future rounds of Access for All funding, assuming it meets any eligibility criteria set out by the DfT. There have not yet been any announcements about further rounds of Access for All funding.

There are a number of possible alternatives already for customers needing step-free access.  London Overground’s Kensal Rise station, which is nearby, already has level access to the westbound platform, allowing passengers to travel to Willesden Junction to interchange for the Bakerloo line.  Following a successful bid, TfL has recently received DfT funding to install a lift to the eastbound platform at Kensal Rise also. This is due to be complete in spring 2014 and will make that station fully step-free.

Of course all TfL’s bus services are accessible to wheelchair users and others with a mobility impairment, and there are a number of routes serving Queen’s Park that provide links to a range of destinations, including route 316 to Kilburn station on the Jubilee line which is step-free.

 

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