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Leyton station set for step-free access in 2024

Leyton will become the fourth step-free station in Waltham Forest

Transport for London (TfL) is using funding from the Government’s Levelling up fund in order to make Leyton a step-free tube station by the end of 2024.

Currently, Chingford, Highams Park, and Walthamstow Queens Road have step free access in the borough. Adding Leyton to that list would mean the borough will have a total of four step-free stations.

Colindale station, on the Edgware branch of the Northern line in Barnet, will also be made step-free along with Leyton.

Currently one-in-three London tube stations are step-free. In January, the Greater London Authority was awarded more than £43million by the Levelling Up fund for accessibility works at both Leyton and Colindale stations. 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I am committed to ensuring London’s world-class public transport network is accessible for all Londoners. While there is still work to be done, I am proud that since I became mayor we have increased the number of step-free stations across London by 20%, meaning there are now more than 200 on TfL’s network.

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“I’m delighted to announce the next ten tube stations TfL will review for potential step-free access, and I am determined to keep working to deliver a public transport network that is accessible to all as we build a better, fairer London for everyone.

Caroline Stickland, chief executive officer for Transport for All, said: “We are extremely pleased to see more stations being made step-free, bringing us one step closer to an equitable, accessible transport system for all.

“Currently, only one-in-three London Underground stations has step-free access. This shuts disabled people out of vast swathes of the network, forcing us to take long and convoluted routes, and even preventing us from travelling entirely.

“By offering more targeted investment to prioritise areas that will have the widest impact, this policy can make a meaningful difference to the lives of disabled Londoners.”

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