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Stanmore Steps: ASPIRE challenge the Mayor with costed lift plans

In 2010, the charity ASPIRE, whose National Training Centre is based on Wood Lane, Stanmore, carried out an analysis of their own for the estimated costs of installing a lift, truly step-free access, at Stanmore London Underground Station. I was delighted to put these costings to the Mayor at November's Question Time.

I was contacted recently by ASPIRE, a national charity that supports people with spinal cord injury (SCI), based in Stanmore. They asked a private contractor to look into a feasible and affordable plan to make Stanmore station accessible, because of the proximity of the station to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Aspire National Training Centre. Currently, Stanmore station is not accessible for wheelchair users to access independently. What are TfL’s plans to make the station accessible for wheelchair users and would you consider ASPIRE’s proposals to install a lift at an approximate cost of £10,000 plus VAT with a £400 a year maintenance contract that would benefit thousands of disabled Londoners every year?

Answer by Boris Johnson

Previous experience suggests that private contractors can sometimes underestimate the costs of working on the Tube network, however I would be happy to pass on ASPIRE’s plans to London Underground (LU) if they were to send them to me.

It should be noted that there is already a step-free route to and from the platforms at Stanmore using a ramp (which has been independently assessed as complying fully with British Standards) via the car park. However, LU is aware that some customers may find this route difficult to use, particularly independent wheelchair users.

LU provides detailed information about the access at Stanmore via its Step-Free Tube Guide and at www.directenquiries.com to allow those who require step-free access to make an informed decision about whether they will be able to manage the route.

 

Transport for London have never provided an estimated cost of these works. We hope to have a more detailed response to these proposals soon.

 

If you have any comments about, or would like to share your experience of, disabled access at Stanmore, why not contact me?

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1st November 2010