HC Deb 20 February 1997 vol 290 cc734-5W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to ensure that(a) existing London underground stations and (b) London underground stations which are currently under construction are accessible for disabled people. [16521]

Mr. Bowis

This is a matter for London Underground. I understand that its policy is to maintain and improve existing levels of access for disabled passengers where practicable and to incorporate improved accessibility into all new and rebuilt trains, new lines and extensions and station redevelopments. For example, the Jubilee line extension, when completed, will be fully accessible to wheelchair users.

More generally, access to stations and other public transport stations and terminals is covered by the provisions of part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, which provides for the removal of physical barriers to access where that is deemed reasonable. The Government have consulted on the timetable for implementation of those provisions and an announcement will be made shortly.

Forward to