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More step-free stations welcomed
Eleven more rail stations in London are to be made step-free by 2011, it has been announced.

It follows an announcement in March this year in which the Department for Transport (DfT) stated that 15 London stations will become step-free by 2011.

Under the 'Access for All' Programme, the 26 stations will be fitted with lifts and ramps to allow better access to and within them.

The DfT has allocated 370m for a total of 92 stations to be step-free by 2015.

The Mayor of London, said: "This DfT funding for more step-free rail stations in London is a welcome addition to our London wide step-free programme.

STATIONS TO BE MADE STEP-FREE
Chadwell Heath
Earlsfield
Finsbury Park
Forest Hill
Grove Park
Highbury & Islington
New Cross
Streatham Common
Thornton Heath
Twickenham
Vauxhall

"Getting around the capital by public transport has never been easier or more accessible."

He said all buses in London are low-floor vehicles and are therefore accessible to all customers, including wheelchair users, and now the number of stations across the Tube network that are step-free will continue to rise.

Ian Brown, of TfL London Rail, said: "I am delighted with the DfT's commitment to bring step free access improvements to a further 11 London stations by 2011.

"But, with a total of 304 stations in London, TfL would now welcome the inclusion of more London stations in the next phase of the DfT scheme, which are very much needed ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics."

The other 15 London stations to become step-free that were announced in March are: Balham, Blackheath, Clapham Junction, Denmark Hill, Herne Hill, Kew Gardens, Kingston, Lewisham, New Cross Gate, Norwood Junction, Orpington, Purley, Putney, Streatham Hill, and Tulse Hill.




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