Accessible TfL Rail

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These past few weeks have seen an extreme increase in accessibility on TfL Rail East, which runs from Liverpool Street to Shenfield. The previous accessibility gap between Stratford and Chadwell Heath has been plugged up with 4 step-free stations: Maryland, Forest Gate, Manor Park, and Seven Kings.

New step-free stations!

Although they will be part of the Elizabeth Line when it opens (maybe spring 2020?), these stations are only step-free to platform, meaning that they will require manual boarding ramps. As I’ve explained in earlier posts, the decision to use high-floor trains for the Elizabeth Line means that level boarding is not possible on railway lines that share track with freight and other services. Regardless, this is still great news and is a major boost for accessibility in East London.

Access All Areas

I also wanted to highlight a very important accessibility event in London later this month. On 19th March at ExCeL London, TfL is hosting “Access All Areas,” which will bring together rail bosses, engineers, businesses, and passengers to showcase innovations in accessible transport as well as provide information and important resources.

Although all the workshop sessions and panels were fully booked after the first two days of registration, there will still be plenty of exhibitors and networking opportunities. I will personally be there with my husband Jon and will be unofficially promoting the SFL Map. See you there!


Melvyn · March 11, 2019 at 6:45 pm

I used Harold Wood Station today and while the new stairs are in use the lifts are far from complete with lifts still looking like when delivered and no work on what will be electric sign above the lifts while upgrade to permanent entrance still needs to be done
By chance I sat on train where lifts at Gidea Park Station are and they are in a similar state so it looks like it will be a few months yet before these stations become accessible with Summer more than Spring the earliest.

While at Romford Station which currently has Step Free access via ramps the main entrance now has hoardings in place and a former shop has been converted into a worksite office in preparation to building lift access .

    SfL · March 11, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the updates! Ive also heard that Goodmayes is by far the most delayed one (other than Ilford of course)

      Melvyn · March 11, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      You mentioned Ilford Station . It seems some work is underway on middle platforms where steelwork is being installed under stairs from main entrance above . So some construction work is underway.

      Vincent Koh · March 12, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Yea it seems that news went really quiet about Goodmayes, Gidea Park, Romford and Harold Wood…honestly MTR back in morherland Hong Kong has caused plenty of delays before so is not surprising that this is delayed too…

Vincent Koh · March 12, 2019 at 12:48 pm

OMG!!!! Waterloo new entrance has opened!!! Ianvisits blog says that feasibility studies is being carried out to reinstate the installation of lifts to the Bakerloo and Northern lines WOOHOOOO!! Let’s hope this is good news for an old scheme, though funding is not in place but wow what a surprise. The lift to the W&C line meanwhile is not done yet though…

    SfL · March 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Im a bit concerned about the part about the W&C line not being publicised as step-free..The ramp (for eastbound platform) is a bit steep, but probably not more than the one in East Croydon. And the other platform does have a lift. I am thrilled to hear that the Elizabeth House redevelopment may bring step-free access to the remaining lines after all this time. However, I will porobably hold off from adding it to my future map until more information becomes available.

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