I've just seen that the new lift at Mill Hill East opened today.
Customers using Mill Hill East Tube station will now be able to enter and exit step-free as TfL today confirmed that work to modernise the station has been completed. [...] Access to the transport network for people with accessibility needs will be vastly improved, with a new lift and link bridge having transformed the station. [...] Mill Hill East is the 79th station to become step-free on the London Underground network and the 11th since 2016.
Another 11 Tube stations will become step free this year - meaning a third of the Tube network will be fully accessible for customers with mobility needs, heavy luggage or with children in buggies. In addition, since 2016, 10 TfL Rail stations and three London Overground stations have been made step-free.
The next phase of the London Underground Accessibility Programme will see another eight Tube stations made step-free by spring 2024. This will make 38% of the Tube network fully accessible.
Good that more stations are being made step-free. Inevitably and unfortunately, very few in zone 1.
It's not just disabled people who need the facility, but also elderly, parents with buggies, and people with heavy luggage.
Crossrail will be a big boost to step-free access in Zone 1 when it finally opens, and various other schemes are coming. For example the Bakerloo line ticket hall redevelopment at Paddington and the upgrade at Holborn and Victoria has recently completed. With a limited pot of money though, its right that the benefits should not be solely concentrated in one area.
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