Decision Maker Response

Boris Johnson’s response

Boris Johnson

Mar 13, 2014 — Dear Petitioner

Thank you for your email about the petition calling for Transport for London (TfL) to make all stations in the London Borough of Hillingdon step free within five years.

The Mayor fully appreciates the importance of accessible transport, which is a critical factor in determining the quality of life for so many people. This is why TfL and the Mayor are committed to improving the accessibility of stations for all Londoners. You may be interested to hear that TfL recently published detailed plans for transport accessibility in a document called Your Accessible Transport Network. A copy of this document is available at tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/Your_Accessible_Transport_Network_Feb_2014_update.pdf. It sets out what has been delivered to improve accessibility in the past year, and what we still plan to do.

At present, step-free access is available at around a quarter of Tube stations, half of London Overground stations and the entire Docklands Light Railway and tram systems. A further 25 Tube and Overground stations will be made step free in the next 10 years. In the main, these are the stations where demand for step-free access is higher and the most passengers will benefit from the investment. Currently, 31 of the 38 Crossrail stations have provision for step-free access. The Mayor had made it clear that step-free access will be provided at all Crossrail stations and work has already begun to look at the technical solutions to make the remaining seven stations step free, as well as exploring potential sources of funding. In addition, the Mayor expects that the Department for Transport’s April announcement of which stations will be receiving funding under its Access for All scheme will allow us to go beyond the current committed programme for the Overground.

As you may be aware, there are currently six step-free stations in Hillingdon: Ruislip, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Heathrow Terminal 123, Heathrow Terminal 4 and Heathrow Terminal 5. While the Mayor appreciates you would welcome step-free access at the remaining stations in Hillingdon I am afraid there is no funding at present to do so. Notwithstanding this, TfL is actively seeking opportunities to go beyond the committed step-free programme, particularly using third party contributions from developers and councils, an approach which is currently being used at Greenford and Tower Hill.

TfL will continue to look for opportunities in this regard for other stations, including those located in Hillingdon.

Thank you again for writing to the Mayor.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Phillips
Public Liaison Officer
Greater London Authority