The Crossrail project currently under construction in London has received a further £14 million investment from the government to provide accessible stations.
These further funds have been awarded in order to ensure that the £15billion project, which is set to transform travel in and around London, is accessible to all users within the City. This investment will be used to create step-free access to all Crossrail stations, allowing convenient access and travel for wheelchair and pushchair users.
Transport Minister 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.”
In addition to the funds given to support step free access, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has also awarded an additional £28million to transform the public spaces around 17 Crossrail stations in order to achieve safe walking and cycling lanes as well as more accessible interchanges for buses and taxis.
It appears that Boris Johnson has taken note of some of the criticism that arose during the Olympics regarding accessibility and London transport, with accusations against Transport for London of “cutting targets on making bus stops accessible and stations step-free” due to budgets. A claim which is not unworthy when one considers that only 65 out of 270 tube stations currently offer step free access from the streets to the platforms.
Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground and London Rail, stated that step free stations will transform how “disabled people can travel in and across the city”, and finally address the problems of London transport that have existed for decades.
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