£12m tube upgrade latest in move to improve access across Underground stations

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Knightsbridge tube station is the latest on the London Underground network set to undergo a major accessibility revamp.

The £12m upgrade is part of Transport for London’s (TfL) wider mission to improve access for wheelchair users across the tube system.

TfL is spending around £200m on improving access around London’s stations and aims to equip more than 100 stations with step-free access.

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The improvements at Knightsbridge, including two new lifts, are designed to make it easier for elderly and disabled people to access and for customers who find it difficult to use stairs or escalators.

72 stations in London now have step-free access and the announcement of the Knightsbridge upgrade follows a huge revamp of Bond Street tube station.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan hopes that 40% of the tube network will have step-free access by 2020.

He told City AM: “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.”

Meanwhile, Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director, said: “Improving accessibility across London’s transport network is one of our top priorities so I’m delighted that another of our Zone 1 stations will become step-free.

“The work is part of our continued modernisation of London Underground to provide increased capacity and make journeys better for our customers. A fully accessible Knightsbridge station will give a greater choice of travel options for everyone.”

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