Disabled people and better transport on one side, rich NIMBYs on the other – one guess whose side I’m on! I am categorising this as a ‘stations’ post because i is about a potential future station.
A London disabled people’s organisation has backed plans to build a new accessible train station in the heart of fashionable Chelsea, despite opposition from a string of celebrity residents. Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea (ADKC) today (7 April) announced its support for a station to be built on King’s Road as part of the Crossrail 2 rail project that is set to connect rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire, with new track, tunnels and stations to be built through the heart of the capital. ADKC says a new Crossrail 2 station would “significantly improve” access for disabled people to King’s Road and nearby services – including some of the capital’s most important tourist destinations – as the nearest step-free tube station is more than two miles away. They say a new station would support the borough’s 1,900 wheelchair-users, and an estimated 7,100 people with walking difficulties, as well as disabled visitors who visit local attractions such as the Victoria and Albert
This post is setting the scene for what will be a series of posts featuring attractions located close to stations which are fully accessible for disabled people.
INSPIRATION FROM A BLOG POST
I spotted a link on my twitter feed this morning to a post by Disabled Go entitled “Top 10 Accessible London Attractions”, which was the genesis of the idea for this series. The post gives outline details of the attraction and a link to details on accessibility. After due thought on how to share that information on this site (whether to do so was not even an issue) I came up with:
Create a specific page called Attractions and category called “Accessible Attractions” (check)
Create this introductory post (check)
Create posts about each attraction, mentioning the closest stations and linking to other relevant posts on this site (will do in due course)
Thus, in due time a further ten posts will definitely be appearing, with more possible.
This post looks at one of the more distinctive stations on the system. I have some good illustrations for you.
The original station was opened in 19o2 serving the District line, as that line expanded east. In 1936 services on what was then the Hammersmith & City section of the Metropolitan line started calling there as that route was extended along the line of the District to Barking. Finally, in 1946, as part of an extension to enable Central line trains to run over former Great Eastern Railway tracks to Ongar, that line came to Mile End in 1946. This history creates a…
Mile End is the only place you can make a cross-platform underground interchange between a ‘tube’ railway (the Central) and a ‘subsurface’ railway (District or Hammersmith & City). All other situations where this is possible (e.g District & Piccadilly at BaronsCourt are surface level stations).
STEP-FREE ACCESS: A PETITION
Although much progress has been made in recent years, London Underground is still a long way from being fully accessible to disabled people (and that is an understatement – see here), and one station that at present falls short is Mile End, which is the subject of this petition, which I have previously shared here.