Transport for London (TfL) has continued its move to increased accessibility on the Tube network by ensuring Brixton has step-free access.
By the installation of new, modern lifts, the station will guarantee accessibility to all customers; those who are older, disabled, have carers, or are travelling with heavy luggage will be able to get around Brixton Tube station quicker and easier.
This will improve business use of the station too, with the new state-of-the-art lifts operating much more quickly; therefore, those who use them will see journey times drastically reduce.
Installed in 2005, the previous lifts became unreliable so TfL saw it as vital that they were replaced in order to improve reliability and the whole experience of using the facilities.
Alan Benson is the Chair of Transport for All. He has applauded TfL’s approach in ensuring step-free access at the station.
He said: “At Transport for All, we’re pleased to see these new lifts at Brixton Tube station brought into service and promising both a faster and more reliable service.
“Having no step-free access at such a major station has caused real problems for large sections of the community, not just disabled and older people.
“We are particularly pleased that TfL has listened to passengers about the impact these maintenance and replacement works have on people and has strived to reopen these lifts as quickly as possible.
“This has taken a real effort by TfL staff which is to be applauded. We hope this timely return to service is continued to be achieved on future projects.”
It is part of a major £200 million investment undertaken by the Mayor of London in improving the step-free accessibility of the Tube network. Many stations have already benefited from alterations, as part of the ambitions to make more than 40% of the network step-free by 2022.