‘Heart-breaking’ incident sparks petition to improve tube access

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A petition which is calling for step-free-access for all stations in Harrow is gaining momentum after an elderly woman was reduced to tears as she struggled to make it down the stairs at a tube station.

The ‘heart-breaking’ incident sparked a petition on which has already gained around 1,000 signatures.

The calls come as London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan for upgrading access across the tube network gains traction. Millions of pounds are being funnelled into the scheme which includes lift installations at a number of stations.

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The petition was set up by a resident who helped the lady at South Harrow underground station.

Kuha Kumaran told getwestlondon: “The situation can only get worse as we have an ageing population, who have fought for us during the war – they can’t drive around so rely on public transport, but have difficulty accessing public transport – it’s non-compliant with the Disability Act. Step free access is very much needed in Harrow for better community cohesion.”

Mr Kumaran’s petition is calling for the whole of the London Underground to be “accessible to all”.

Recently it was announced that Knightsbridge tube station is 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.

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.

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