Passengers with reduced mobility who have been unable to use Brixton Tube station for the last few months are finally able to enjoy newly installed lifts at the station.
The tube stop is classed as step-free again after two brand new lifts were installed.
The modern lifts are designed to be easier to maintain and quicker than the previous equipment, which had originally been installed in 2005.
Brixton’s previous lifts had been unreliable and were replaced in unison so that the job could be completed as quickly as possible.
At the beginning of this year, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that a new lift contract had been introduced by London Underground that can be replicated across many stations and as part of a £200m tube access overhaul.
The new lifts deliver the same standards of reliability but “at a fraction of the cost and length of time” it previously took to design, manufacture and install.
Transport for London (TfL) anticipates that this initiative will cut the cost of installing each lift by 70%, making savings of £15m. It will also cut the delivery time by 40%, allowing TfL to introduce step-free access in the quickest time possible.
The Mayor’s plan is part of the largest boost to step-free access in the tube’s 155-year history and will help bring the total number of Underground stations with step-free access to all platforms to more than 100.
Investment across TfL will mean that by 2022, 40% of the network will be step-free, which is an increase on the current level of 27%.