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London Is Updating Its Metro System To Be Step-Free

London Is Updating Its Metro System To Be Step-Free
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The city is investing millions of pounds in order to make a large percentage of their underground stations more accessible

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 5 january 2017

Transport for London is in the process of renovating the London Underground so that Tube stations are “step-free,” meaning they will have methods of descending to the trains below that are accessible to those who may currently struggle with stairs.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is looking to make the London Tube accessible for all those who call the city home by adding elevators and ramps. Currently, only 26 percent of Tube stations are step-free, but with an investment of $250 million (£200m), around 40 percent (or over 100 stations) will have these alternate pathways by 2022.

There is even a map of the current step-free stations for those who need to track routes.

However, there will be many problems converting some of the older stations, namely due to the fact that there is very little space to add any additional means of entering train platforms.

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