November 27, 2008
Islington Step Free Access Cut Backs
Hot on the heels of the cut to step free access at South Ken Station eagle eyed Marc M on Skyscrapercity noticed something the journalists seem to have missed. While London may be a step closer to cycle hire and door-less buses, disabled Islington residents are one of the big victims of the Mayor’s efficiency savings.
In their own words TFL confirm that: “Our Business Plan for 2009/2010 – 2017/18 confirmed that some proposed step-free access projects will be deferred for the time being, due to financial constraints. These include step-free access projects at Archway, Finsbury Park and Highbury & Islington stations.”
This does include the Mayor’s local station, Highbury and Islington, so we can hardly accuse him of favoritism, quite the opposite, and in fact all three are located within a short jog of his Islington home.
Under the new plan 29% of stations will be accessible in 2018, four percent shy of Livingstone’s (apparently unfunded) target of 33% by 2013. The new philosophy at 55 Broadway is to provide disabled access “as stations require significant congestion relief work”.
Cycle carefully Boris: your local station isn’t equipped for a mayoral accident.