Step-change for station

The new lift installed at Cockfosters Station
The new lift installed at Cockfosters Station

New lift helps people to access Piccadilly Line at Cockfosters, reports Olivia Devereux-Evans

Cockfosters Station has become the 80th tube station to go step-free after an “overnight” lift installation.

The complex operation saw a lift shaft craned into the station and a lift built on site. New tiling was “carefully selected” to reflect the Art Deco heritage of the Grade 2-listed station building. It now allows step-free access to all platforms at the northern terminus of the Piccadilly Line.

Enfield Council leader Nesil Caliskan said: “This is great news for Enfield residents and will encourage more widespread use of the tube network. Initiatives like this mean people are more likely to use public transport and leave the car at home, supporting our wider efforts to tackle climate change and make our borough carbon neutral by 2040.”

Cockfosters is the twelfth station on the London Underground system to become step-free since 2016. Seven more tube stations will follow in the coming weeks. The only other fully step-free station in Enfield is Oakwood, which had a lift installed 13 years ago, with Southgate and Arnos Grove stations remaining inaccessible to wheelchair users.

Heidi Alexander, London’s deputy mayor for transport, said: “It is great to see Cockfosters Station become step-free. These changes will make a huge difference to those with accessibility needs who use this station, and we continue to work on making more stations step-free.”

As part of its aim to make London Underground more accessible for disabled people, TfL has created a smartphone app, TfL Go, which helps passengers plan ahead and see which stations are accessible from street-to-platform.