Step free access

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

TfL’s Programme and Investment committee papers for 11 December 2020 state that three long promised step free schemes at Hanger Lane, Burnt Oak and Northolt are currently paused pending a further review, following the financial considerations of the coronavirus pandemic. Please set out the timescale for this review.  Please also explain why past claims published on TfL’s website that these schemes would be completed by March 2020 were not fulfilled.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As a result of the recent coronavirus pandemic and the impact on Transport for London (TfL) more widely, plans for step-free access at Hanger Lane, Burnt Oak and Northolt have been paused, pending further discussions with Government around funding.

Step-free access at such stations is vital in supporting our customers with mobility needs, and TfL and I want to ensure funding for such schemes is prioritised wherever possible. TfL continues to discuss with stakeholders and developers about progress with these schemes, as well as how to ensure safeguarding is in place while long-term funding options are identified. As this is an on-going process it is not possible give an indication of timescales at present.

TfL will continue to keep stakeholders informed about developments in the step-free access programme.

Please also see my response to your previous question 2020/2123