New ramps for Wembley Park and Kilburn tube stations next month
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A new ramp will be installed at Wembley Park and Kilburn tube station to make them fully accessible to wheelchair users for the first time.
Transport for London (TfL) has revealed today the two stations in Brent and a third in Stanmore, all in the Jubilee Line, will undergo the improvements next month – the first in the UK.
The new ramps have been designed to solve the problem at stations where there is a gap and step down from platform to train.
Isabel Dedring, deputy mayor for transport said: “This innovative new design is a UK first and will make a real contribution to boosting accessibility - opening up more Tube stations to more people.
“This is just one of the measures we’re carrying out to make getting around London easier for everyone – including more step-free stations, raised platform sections, new low-floor trains with the latest accessibility standards and much more.” The work is part of a range of improvements being delivered by the Mayor and TfL to continue to embed the legacy of accessible travel promised after the 2012 Games.
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Jeff Harvey from Transport for All, an organisation which campaigns for great accessibility for disabled users on public transport, said: “This will cut some of my journeys down by over an hour, which can make the difference between being able to attend an event, class or job interview, or having to say no.
“It is encouraging that Transport for All and our members were able to interact with TfL during planning and even participate in testing the new ramps. I hope such involvement continues so that all remaining stations where a gap prevents people boarding the train can benefit from a ramp.”
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By 2016 a third of Tube platforms will have level access by one of these means, up from 15 per cent last year.