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04.04.13

London Underground installs wide aisle gates

Wide aisle gates have been installed at 180 Tube stations, improving access for passengers with luggage, pushchairs or wheelchairs.

London Underground has installed 348 gates in total, meaning passengers will not have to wait for staff to unlock a gate for them. This will also leave staff free to assist passengers in other ways.

Howard Collins, London Underground’s chief operating officer, said: “The installation of wide aisle gates at Wood Green Tube station – marks the completion of a total of 348 of these wider gates.

“It is a real benefit for many disabled customers making their journeys more independent and quicker, as well as for passengers who have buggies, dogs and luggage.”

Dr Alice Maynard, managing director of future inclusion and chair of TfL’s Independent Disability Advisory Group, said: “Wide aisle gates mean that people can travel around without relying so much on support if they don’t need it. That means it’s better for disabled people and better for staff – they can focus their attention on those who really need their support.”

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