Victoria has become the latest station on the London Underground network to offer step-free access to passengers thanks to a major upgrade project.
Seven new lifts have been installed in the station, allowing step-free access between Victoria and District and Circle Line trains, as well as from the street and mainline station. Victoria is the 75th of the network’s 270 stations to go step-free.
The improvement comes as part of a major seven-year upgrade project that includes two new entrances, nine new escalators, a new ticket hall and an enlarged southern ticket hall. The project has almost doubled the size of the station and is due to be completed later this year.
Victoria is the fourth busiest station on the Underground, serving more than 79 million customers every year. King’s Cross St. Pancras is the busiest, with almost 100 million annual customers.
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, said: “Victoria Underground is one of our busiest stations and one of the first major Tube stations encountered by visitors to the Capital.
“The provision of step-free access marks a major milestone, as it provides greater access to the Underground as well as vital interchanges between Tube journeys and a seamless connection with National Rail services.
“We are improving step-free access across our network and we are determined to do all we can to ensure our customers experience all London has to offer.”
Alan Benson, ‘Transport for All’ chair, welcomed the renovations, describing the new lifts as “eagerly anticipated”. He added: “Using these lifts will open up opportunities for people to enjoy and contribute to vibrant London life where previously they have been excluded.”