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19.11.14

Step-free access for all Crossrail stations

All of the stations on the Crossrail project will now benefit from step-free access after the government made £14m of investment available. 

Announced by transport minister Baroness Kramer, the investment at Langley, Taplow and Iver stations will make it easier for passengers to access Crossrail trains when they start running from these locations in 2019. 

The latest investment package builds on TfL’s announcement last month that it would fund step free access at Seven Kings, Maryland, Manor Park and Hanwell

In addition to the improvements at stations, the new Crossrail fleet will be built to the latest accessibility standards. This includes audio-visual information systems, dedicated priority seats and spaces for wheelchairs. 

Baroness Kramer said: “I am delighted to confirm the funding of these important accessibility improvements. This is another example of our commitment to build a world-class rail network that is open to all. It is only right that everyone should be able to enjoy the huge benefits that Crossrail will bring.” 

Mike Brown MVO, managing director of London Underground and London Rail, added that it was fantastic news that the DfT had made the funding available to ensure the final three Crossrail stations are made accessible. 

“A fully accessible transport network is a top priority for us, so we are pleased that when Crossrail is fully operational in late 2019 all 40 stations it serves will be step free, transforming how disabled people can travel in and across the city,” he said. 

Transport for All director Faryal Velmi stated that it was scandalous to think a new rail line was to be built that was not going to be fully accessible. 

“Common sense prevailed,” she said. “Together, we showed the government that never again should a new rail line be planned without step-free access from the outset.” 

(Image: c. Crossrail)

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