Sudbury Hill Tube station gets step-free access

New lifts installed at Zone 4 Piccadilly line station enable step-free access from street to platform.

Sudbury Hill Underground station on the Piccadilly line has become step-free, helping customers with reduced mobility to access the station and the wider transport network.   

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. 

Transport for London (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 following Osterley Tube station, also on the Piccadilly line, becoming step-free in October and the opening of two new step-free stations on the Northern Line Extension at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station in September.

Step-free access has also been introduced this year at Underground stations at Wimbledon Park (in August), Ickenham (in June), Debden (in April) and Amersham (in February). 

Work continues to make Harrow-on-the-Hill Tube station step-free.

In addition, Ealing Broadway was made step-free in May 2021 in preparation for the Elizabeth line, and Whitechapel became step-free when the original station entrance on Whitechapel Road re-opened in August 2021.   

Cllr Graham Henson, Leader of Harrow Council, said:

“Making the underground more accessible at Sudbury Hill will be life-changing for many of our residents and we thank the Mayor of London for the investment to make this happen.”  

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."   

More information can be found on the TfL website.

Published: 31st December 2021