Making transport accessible for all is paramount in what we do.
The Elizabeth line will completely transform the accessibility of the transport network for passengers across London and the southeast. All 41 Elizabeth line stations will be step-free to platform level, staffed from first to the last train, with a ‘turn up and go’ service offered to anyone needing assistance.
When the Elizabeth line opens between Paddington and Abbey Wood in summer 2021, this will see all the new central section stations provide step-free access from street to train.
Full services across the Elizabeth line route from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood and Shenfield will commence by mid-2022, and will see all 31 western and eastern surface stations be step-free from street to platform.
CENTRAL LONDON STATIONS
The new stations on the Elizabeth line, including Abbey Wood and Heathrow, will be step-free from street to train when the central section opens.
These stations are Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, and Woolwich.
Incline lifts will also be used at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations.
WESTERN AND EASTERN SURFACE STATIONS
All of the 31 stations on the Elizabeth line western and eastern sections will be step-free to platform level.
Where we have built new stations in the central section where only Elizabeth line trains will operate, we have been able to provide level boarding on our trains.
Due to the different types of trains that already run along the western and eastern section stations, including freight trains, level boarding could not be provided for the new Elizabeth line trains.
To alleviate this, TfL has station staff on hand whenever trains are running to deploy boarding ramps between the platform and train.
Passengers who need assistance will benefit from the same 'turn up and go' service currently provided by Transport for London (TfL) on the Tube and London Overground, with the assurance that all stations will be staffed from first to the last train.
Work is taking place to improve station accessibility including installing lifts for the first time at some stations and new footbridges at all the existing stations in both the east and the west of the route.
STEP FREE WORKS UPDATE
Work is taking place to improve accessibility including lifts for the first time at stations and new footbridges at all existing stations in both the east and the west.
Both Crossrail and TfL recognise the huge importance of this issue and have regular meetings with Network Rail and train operating companies where we will continue to discuss further accessibility improvements that could be made.
The table below details the stations where works are currently being undertaken and the stations where step-free access works have completed.
|WESTERN STATIONS||PROGRESS||EASTERN STATIONS||PROGRESS|
|Action Main Line||December 2020||Stratford||Completed|
|Ealing Broadway||December 2020||Maryland||Completed|
|West Ealing||December 2020||Forest Gate||Completed|
|Southall||December 2020||Ilford||December 2020|
|Hayes & Harlington||December 2020||Seven Kings||Completed|
|Heathrow T4||Completed||Chadwell Heath||Completed|
|Heathrow T5||Station not yet completed||Romford||Completed|
|West Drayton||December 2020||Gidea Park||Completed|
Elizabeth line trains will have dedicated clearly distinguished priority seats as well as space for wheelchairs.
Each carriage will provide both visual and audio information about the train’s journey, and a facility to alert and speak to the driver in the event of an emergency. Drivers will also be able to view CCTV images of all carriage interiors.