Grade-II listed Sudbury Hill station now has two new lifts and improved signage giving customers step-free access from the street to the station platforms. Alongside these upgrades, boarding ramps will continue to be available to assist customers to board or alight the train, along with tactile paving along the full length of both platforms. TfL staff will be on hand to assist any customers with their journeys, as part of the Turn-up-and-go service.
The ticket hall has also been modernised with the removal of the redundant ticket office, which has improved the ticket hall environment, and care has been taken throughout the work to reflect the look and feel of the original Charles Holden-designed 1930s station. For example, bricks consistent with the rest of the building were used to construct the new lift shafts and a new window was specified to match the style of the existing ones.
The two new lifts will greatly improve access within the station for customers with reduced mobility including people travelling with heavy luggage or buggies and young children. The completion of work at Sudbury Hill brings the total number of step-free stations on the Tube to 90.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London said: “The improvements at Sudbury Hill station will make a huge difference for all those using it, from the modernised ticket hall and improved signage to step-free access for those who need it. It marks 90 Tube stations now being step-free, which is an inspiring milestone – and we continue to work to make the capital’s public transport network accessible to all.”
Esther Sharples, London Underground's Director of Asset Performance and Capital Delivery, said: "Sudbury Hill Tube station becoming step-free is another milestone in our pledge to make the Underground network more accessible and a further boost to Piccadilly line customers after Osterley and Ickenham also became step-free earlier this year. People with reduced mobility, including those with children in buggies or carrying heavy luggage, can now access the Tube with greater ease at Sudbury Hill, improving their journeys."
Sudbury Hill follows our work at Ickenham, Debden and Wimbledon Park.
Alex Kirkwood, Weston Williamson + Partners’ Project Partner said “we are proud to be involved with TfL’s step-free access programme creating a public transport network that is accessible for everyone. Each of the stations on the network face a unique challenge in integrating step-free facilities sensitively, cost effectively and in a location that benefits the passengers. Working collaboratively with Arcadis and Osborne we have delivered design solutions that will improve the journeys for a wide range of people.”