Step-free access

Step-free access stations have lifts or ramps - or a combination of both - so that customers don't have to use escalators or stairs to move between the street and the platform. See our page on wheelchair access and avoiding stairs.

Currently 91 Tube stations (a third of them) and 60 London Overground stations have step-free access. All DLR stations and tram stops are step free.

Tube

The most recent Tube station to go step free is Harrow-on-the-Hill in March 2022.

Knightsbridge is going step free in 2023.

Two new stations created as part of the Northern line extension - Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station - are also step free. They opened in September 2021.

Elizabeth line

All Elizabeth line stations are step-free from street to platform apart from Ilford. Network Rail expects to complete current step-free access works there in summer 2022.

New stations in the central section of the line - as well as Heathrow - have level access from platform to trains. (Customers at Custom House station must board the fifth carriage for level access.)

Find out more about Elizabeth line stations.

London Overground

The most recent station to go step-free was Whitechapel in August 2021.

Autumn 2022: Barking Riverside (new station with step-free access on the Barking Riverside extension)

2024 onwards (subject to review): Battersea Park, Hackney Downs, Peckham Rye, Queen's Park, Seven Sisters, Surrey Canal, Surrey Quays

Platform to train access

Step-free access projects don't always create level access between the platform and the train. But any new trains introduced as part of our work to improve the Tube should minimise the step and gap between platform and train.

In some places we are also adding portable ramps that can be positioned by station staff or building platform humps - permanently raised areas on the platform. These help to ensure a full step-free route from street to train.

See the Step-Free Tube guide on the Tube maps page.

Step-free consultation

We held a consultation on the future of the step-free Tube network in late 2021/early 2022. We'll outline our findings in summer 2022.