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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