The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) has published a new plan to make London’s transport network more accessible and safer which includes improving step free access across stations in Ealing as well as combating sexual harassment.
The Equity in Motion plan contains more than 80 actions that TfL will be working on including keeping travellers safe as well as better accessibility on its network across the capital.
It comes after last year’s announcement that TfL will grow the number of London Underground stations offering step-free access to include North Acton and Northolt.
The new plan also reveals how mini-ramps will be put into additional Tube stations which helps to provide step-free access inside a station where there is a gap between platform and train. This will include Ealing Broadway as one of the 45 mini-ramps being introduced. Other stations such as Southall on the Elizabeth Line have larger gaps and these are already accessible with larger ramps being used.
TfL will also be working with schools across London and Ealing to tackle sexual harassment. TfL’s Project Guardian school sessions on sexual harassment will be offered to more Year 9 pupils across the capital with Greenford’s William Perkin Church of England school running a session on 26 April 2024 for its pupils.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “TfL is committed to removing the barriers that people face when using the transport network and enabling more people to travel spontaneously, seamlessly and easily. Some of these vital improvements are already underway and there are many more to come, helping us to continue building a better, fairer London for everyone.”
Alex Williams, chief customer and strategy officer at TfL, said: “Our vision is a London where everyone can move around the city safely, inclusively and sustainably, and access to public transport is a fundamental component in making this happen. While we have taken steps to make our network more accessible, we know that much more needs to be done. Equity in Motion draws on the experiences and viewpoints of a range of Londoners, prioritising the areas they want to see improved to create tangible actions that drive forward change and help make London a truly fair city.”
Agnes Fletcher, Member of TfL’s Independent Disability Advisory Group said: “Disabled people are part of every demographic and every community. The barriers we face just in getting around – to work, to access healthcare, to see family and friends, to access all the wonderful things London has to offer – can be reduced or removed by taking enabling actions like those in Equity in Motion. The result will be a cleaner, greener, more active and enjoyable London – where everyone feels as though they matter.”
Emma Vogelmann, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Transport for All, said: “Access barriers for travelling in London include a lack of step-free stations, few priority seats on buses, and missing or inaccessible travel information – all of which can conspire to making our journeys longer or more painful, or even stop us getting beyond the front door. We’re pleased to see TfL commit to making changes to tackle these barriers. Coproducing schemes with the disabled community will be vital to ensure the measures in this plan can bring about real change.”