Knightsbridge Tube station will become step-free in 2020 according to Transport for London (TfL).
It continues TfL’s drive to improve Tube stations in London and their accessibility for older users and disabled commuters who have difficulty in using escalators or walking.
TfL is committed to step-free access on the London Underground, with the Mayor of London setting a target of 40% to be step-free by 2022.
Knightsbridge Tube station will undergo redevelopment to ensure this can happen.
The Tube station itself is owned by TfL but the building above are owned and managed by the Knightsbridge Estate, which got the go-ahead last year to redevelop so that the office is modernised, as are the retail and residential space.
The station entrance for exits three and four will be closed while work takes place, which will bring about a modern entrance at 15 Brompton Road, as well as widening of the pavement there and at Sloane Street, increasing pedestrian space.
This entrance will open in 2019 but it’s not the only one that will be developed. A year later, a new entrance will open at Hooper’s Court, which will have two 17-person lifts, ensuring the station is step-free from street to train.
Located beyond the original 1906 station entrance, Hooper’s Court entrance will also allow some other areas of the station to be reopened that were closed when escalators were installed in the 1930s.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said of this latest development: “My commitment to making London’s transport network one of the very best in the world means it must be accessible for all Londoners. I’m investing record amounts in making London’s stations step-free, and the redevelopment of the famous Knightsbridge Tube station will benefit millions of people every year. ”
It follows a now-familiar pattern of work on the London Underground which is seeing a number of stations switch to step-free access. Only recently, Bond Street Tube station became the 72nd to benefit from step-free access.