Wheelchair access improvements blamed for London tube station accidents

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The higher number of ‘customer fall in gap’ incidents at Baker Street station has been blamed on new wheelchair friendly, level access trains.

There were 282 ‘customer fall in gap’ accidents across the London Underground network last year, 62 of which were at Baker Street station.

The introduction of wheelchair accessible S-stock trains (not pictured) is thought to be causing problems at the station, which features a curved platform, leading to more accidents than average.

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As a whole, the number of accidents involving passengers on the Tube has risen to a record high of nearly 5,000 a year, according to a report by the Evening Standard.

The news follows London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £200m investment in the tube network to improve accessibility, including step-free access.

It was also announced earlier this year that a number of London Underground train fleets are to undergo modifications to improve accessibility for disabled peopled.

The improvements will include designated wheelchair zones and improved lighting for people with visual impairments among other modifications.

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