Installation enables step-free access for District line passengers
The new lift at Wimbledon Park station
Wimbledon Park station on the District Line has become the 86th station on the tube network to get step-free access.
A newly installed lift is now operational. Wimbledon Park joins Wimbledon on the District line and Morden on the Northern line as being step-free stations in Merton. Nearby Southfields, on the District line, is also step-free.
Wimbledon Park station is now served by one lift which provides access to the central platform for both east and westbound District line services. The line is accessible from street to platform, with boarding ramps available for use by station staff to assist passengers who need them. The lift will improve access at the station for those with mobility needs, as well as those with heavy luggage or with children in buggies.
Esther Sharples, London Underground’s Director of Asset Performance and Capital Delivery, said, “Wimbledon Park station becoming step-free is another important move to making the network as accessible as possible. Customers with disabilities, as well as those with luggage or children in buggies, can now use the station much more easily and comfortably to access Wimbledon Park itself as well as the surrounding area. Improving accessibility across London is vital, and we will continue the important work to make as many stations as possible step-free.”
Martin Whelton, Merton Council cabinet member for Housing, Regeneration, and the Climate Emergency, said, “We welcome these improvements to one of Merton’s busy underground stations that will make travel more accessible. As we recover from COVID making the most of Merton’s outstanding public transport links will be vital in helping our local economy and reducing congestion on our roads.”
The lift gives access to both platforms at the station
All London Underground and London Overground stations offer a turn-up-and-go service for customers needing assistance with their journeys. Customers using this service do not need to pre-book assistance and can request help on arrival at the station. All TfL staff are trained to support and advise customers with accessibility needs so that they can complete their journeys. More information can be found on the TfL website.
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August 25, 2021