J. Murphy & Sons Ltd has been awarded a contract by Transport for London (TfL) to deliver step-free access and station improvements at four Elizabeth line stations.
Located in west London and Buckinghamshire, the improvements continue the theme set out by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who intends to has targeted making 40% of Tube stations step-free by 2022.
Encouraging progress has been made, with Bond Street Tube station now step-free, and now J. Murphy & Sons Ltd will bring step-free access to Hanwell, Iver, Langley and Taplow stations, located on the west of the Elizabeth line.
The Crossrail project, which is now 87% complete and has recently celebrated the milestone of having created more than 1,000 apprenticeships, will ensure that by its completion, all 41 stations on the Elizabeth line have step-free access when it is fully open in December 2019.
As part of the improvements that will be made, new footbridges and lifts will be installed so that passengers can reach Elizabeth line platforms.
In addition, a new station building will be built at Iver to replace the existing structure that originates in the 1920s. Thanks to the new building and its ticket hall, customers and businesses will have a greater user experience.
Howard Smith is the Operations Director for the Elizabeth line. He said: “As part of work to deliver upgrades across the Elizabeth line route, we will be providing step-free access at Iver, Taplow, Langley and Hanwell stations which have never been accessible for some passengers.
“The Elizabeth line will transform the lives of local customers for years to come, connecting them to new destinations in London and beyond.”
When it is fully opened in 2019, platforms at the Elizabeth line will be accessible thanks to step-free access or manual boarding ramps at stations where it is not possible to provide level boarding.
As it stands, 72 London Underground stations and 57 London Overground stations have step-free access. This is set to grow thanks to the input of J. Murphy & Sons Ltd.