Mapping the Development of

Step-free Access Across

London’s Rail Network

Step-Free London

Mapping the Development of

Step-free Access Across

London’s Rail Network

A Fresh Start to the New Year

Happy Belated New Year, everyone (and Happy Chinese New Year too as it’s taking me so long to write this post)! After a horrible 2020, this year has the potential to be a marked improvement. With the COVID-19 vaccine programme in full swing (Jon got his first dose yesterday), we can hopefully expect to return… Continue reading A Fresh Start to the New Year

Disappointing News for a Disappointing Year

I must apologize for the long periods between posts this year. With the continued pandemic, economic uncertainty and second lockdown, most rail and accessibility-related news recently has been incredibly disappointing. Even positive news such as completed Crossrail stations and the upcoming Northern Line Extension is tempered by the underhand funding cut to the DfT’s railway… Continue reading Disappointing News for a Disappointing Year

Step-Free Does Not Always Mean Step-Free

Relatively speaking, this has been a positive week for accessibility in London, with the expansion of step-free access stations after a long dormancy and visible progress on some of the ongoing accessibility schemes. As TfL’s financial situation is still unclear, it is becoming more apparent that the most ”secure” step-free access schemes are those tied… Continue reading Step-Free Does Not Always Mean Step-Free

Pandemic’s Legacy

With the free-fall in passenger numbers and project delays related to the lockdown, we are now beginning to see the damage that this will have on the future accessibility of London’s railway network. While TfL has long had financial troubles and Network Rail’s Access for All scheme is no stranger to delays, cancellations, and deferments,… Continue reading Pandemic’s Legacy

Updates during COVID

After a long absence due to the current COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve decided to make a post highlighting some of the transport news that has been announced during this period. Although many avid rail passengers have been forced to abandon public transport during the pandemic (Jon and I have not left our neighbourhood in 70 days),… Continue reading Updates during COVID

Calm Before the Storm

Amid these uncertain times due to COVID-19, I thought I would do a small post highlighting some of the recent advances regarding accessibility. New step-free stations on the Crossrail route have now created a fully accessible (to platforms) corridor from Reading to the Greater London boundary. To compensate for the finished works, there have been… Continue reading Calm Before the Storm

Large-Scale Approvals and Campaign Launches

Big infrastructure announcements throughout the country seem to be dominating the news these days, with schemes such as HS2, East West Rail, and Crossrail all making headlines. Step-free projects within London continue to progress at a slow and steady pace, while a new campaigned aimed at boosting level boarding on the railways on a national… Continue reading Large-Scale Approvals and Campaign Launches

Extensions, Delays, and Introductions

Happy New Year everyone! Sorry for the long-overdue post, this year has started out very busy. Access-wise, the past few weeks have seen incredible level boarding progress mostly outside of London, with new level boarding trains for Greater Anglia and Merseyrail as well as tramway expansions for Birmingham and Manchester. Unfortunately, London’s own latest level… Continue reading Extensions, Delays, and Introductions

Looking Towards 2020

After a long year of progress and delays, we are now nearing the end of 2019 and looking to 2020 for more advances in rail accessibility. As I mentioned in my previous post, the first ever Step Free Tube Challenge was completed on 3rd December. Following successful completion, there are plans to continue the tradition… Continue reading Looking Towards 2020

Station Spotting November and Step-Free December

For the first time in many months, I set aside an entire day to document some of London’s active step-free access projects. Although in the end I did not get to as many locations as I had hoped, it was great to see the progress at stations I’ve followed for years as well as at… Continue reading Station Spotting November and Step-Free December