On 28th January Transport for London opened the new lifts at Finsbury Park Tube station, the first milestone in a major upgrade of the station. This makes Finsbury Park the 77th step-free station on the Tube network. The new lifts will provide step-free access to the Piccadilly and Victoria lines as well as to platforms in the Network Rail station, making it easier for customers with mobility needs, buggies or heavy luggage to use the Tube.
The work has seen two new lift shafts dug using traditional mining techniques, with 7,500 tonnes of spoil removed – roughly equivalent to 600 New Routemaster double-decker buses. Finsbury Park is the fourth busiest station outside zone 1 with over 31 million customers using the station in 2017. It provides a crucial link between north London and stations such as King’s Cross St Pancras and Victoria, as well as a connection to national rail services.
The project to upgrade Finsbury Park will also deliver a new, larger entrance on the western part of the station which will create a new, alternative step-free route when completed. New ticket gates and a larger staircase have already been installed, making journeys quicker and more comfortable for customers using the station.
The continued modernisation of the Tube is a key part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy to make London a greener, more accessible place. The investment in improving public transport will help reduce reliance on the car and contribute to the Mayor’s target of 80 per cent of journeys made by public transport, cycling or walking by 2041.
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