Decision Maker Response
Sadiq Khan’s response
Nov 5, 2018 — Dear Petitioner
Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website for Step-Free Access to Leytonstone Underground, Leytonstone High Road and Leyton Midland stations.
There are currently 74 out of 270 Tube stations and 57 London Overground stations with step-free access. The Mayor is committed to making the transport system more accessible and inclusive and together with Transport for London (TfL), he is working to increase the number of stations which are step free.
When deciding which stations to prioritise, TfL has considered Leytonstone station. To install step-free access at this location would require increasing the capacity of the station and providing space to install lifts. Such a scheme would be very expensive and cost between £15-20m. As a result, step-free access at Leytonstone station was not taken forward. TfL will consider providing step-free access at Leytonstone if further funding becomes available, such as from third-parties.
Funding for step-free access on the London Overground network is typically secured through the Department for Transport’s (DfT) national Access for All scheme. The DfT is currently asking for recommendations from transport providers for the next funding round, to be delivered between 2019 and 2024. The DfT have assigned £300m during this period and £50m to stations previously deferred.
TfL is putting forward 21 London stations to the DfT to be considered for this funding and the Mayor is happy to confirm that Leyton Midland Road is one of these 21 stations. TfL is now asking the London Borough of Waltham Forest to lend their support to this decision. This petition will also help demonstrate to the DfT the local support for the scheme. Leytonstone High Road is not being recommended to the DfT as part of this process. This is because it does not meet the DfT criteria, including likely demand and deliverability.
Thank you for taking the time to submit this petition and raise this important issue. I hope you find this information helpful.
Public Liaison Unit
Greater London Authority