44% Accessible Victoria Line!

No Underground line has seen as many recent changes regarding step-free access as the Victoria line. Only a few years ago when I was first planning on moving to the UK, Vauxhall was about to become step-free. Since then, Victoria station became accessible, and now we celebrate Finsbury Park. With this, the Victoria line has 7 out of 16 stations step-free. With upcoming works at Walthamstow Central and rumours about bringing back a disused entrance at Highbury & Islington, it won’t be long until a majority of the Victoria line is fully accessible.

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Delays and Disappointment: Crossrail’s Snowball Effect

I am currently on holiday in Colombia this week, so I was not expecting to do a longer post until I got back to the UK. Unfortunately, these past few days have brought a barrage of extremely negative news regarding future step-free access schemes in London. At the centre of this disaster is the Crossrail project’s never-ending delays and rising costs. As TfL struggles to get the megaproject under control, everything else, including accessibility, is experiencing severe setbacks.

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Step-Free Access Update: Victoria Station and Delays

After an extremely quiet summer and numerous step-free access delays across London, Victoria Station has broken the trend as three lifts started service on Friday. Although the project itself is delayed and still yet to be fully completed, it marks a significant improvement in accessibility. Other schemes expected this summer, such as Bank and TfL Rail, have unfortunately encountered even more delays, such that it is also time to update their completion dates. Finally, TfL’s close partnership with local housing development has progressed step-free access plans at two important Underground stations, Walthamstow Central and Notting Hill Gate.

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Future Step-Free Stations: New Elizabeth Line Stations

Welcome to the third part of my Future Step-Free Stations series. Please click here if you would like to read the intro.

StationLineScheduled date
PaddingtonElizabeth, BakerlooDecember 2018
Bond StreetElizabethDecember 2018
Tottenham Court RoadElizabethDecember 2018
FarringdonElizabethDecember 2018
Liverpool Street/ MoorgateElizabeth, Northern, Met, Circle, H&CDecember 2018
WhitechapelElizabeth, Overground, District, H&CDecember 2018
Canary WharfElizabethDecember 2018
Custom HouseElizabethDecember 2018
WoolwichElizabethDecember 2018
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Future Step-Free Stations: Existing Elizabeth Line Stations

The second installment in my Future Step-Free Stations series, Existing Elizabeth Line Stations. If you haven’t already read the intro, feel free to start here first.

StationLineScheduled date
Harold WoodTfL Rail/ElizabethSpring to Summer 2018
Gidea ParkTfL Rail/ElizabethSpring to Summer 2018
GoodmayesTfL Rail/ElizabethSpring to Summer 2018
Seven KingsTfL Rail/ElizabethSpring to Summer 2018
IlfordTfL Rail/ElizabethAfter line opens
Manor ParkTfL Rail/ElizabethSpring to Summer 2018
Forest GateTfL Rail/ElizabethSpring to Summer 2018
MarylandTfL Rail/ElizabethSpring to Summer 2018
Abbey WoodElizabethDecember 2018
Acton Main LineTfL Rail/ElizabethDelayed to mid-late 2019
Ealing BroadwayTfL Rail/Elizabeth, Central, District, Great WesternDelayed to mid-late 2019
West EalingTfL Rail/Elizabeth, Great WesternDelayed to mid-late 2019
HanwellTfL Rail/ElizabethDecember 2019
SouthallTfL Rail/ElizabethDelayed to mid-late 2019
Hayes & HarlingtonTfL Rail/Elizabeth, Great WesternDelayed to mid-late 2019
West DraytonTfL Rail/Elizabeth, Great WesternDecember 2019
IverTfL Rail/Elizabeth, Great WesternDecember 2019
LangleyTfL Rail/ElizabethDecember 2019
TaplowTfL Rail/ElizabethDecember 2019

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Tracing the Crossrail Route

This weekend I had an all-day outing in London, hoping to catch a glimpse at some of the several step-free access projects across the capital. In a forthcoming post, I will be listing in detail all of the projects expected to be completed by 2022, while this one will focus on the future Crossrail/Elizabeth line.

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