Disabled access at Tower Hill is a step too far’ for Mayor Boris
PUBLISHED: 20:41 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010
LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to cut down on a programme of more step free’ access at Underground stations and bring back London's famous red Routemaster buses have been attacked at the London Assembly. East London member John Biggs accused him of putting the improvements for the disabled using Tower Hill station on hold’ to pay for the Routemaster
By Else Kvist
BORIS Johnson’s plans to cut down on a programme of more step free’ access at Underground stations and bring back London’s famous red Routemaster buses have been attacked at the London Assembly.
East London Assembly member John Biggs accused Mayor Boris of putting the improvements for the disabled on hold’ to pay instead for scraping London’s controversial bendy’ buses to pay for bringing back the Routemaster.
“Tower Hill and Mile End stations were the only two in East London chosen for step-free access—but now both have now been slashed from the list,” claimed Labour’s Biggs.
“This is yet another case of the Mayor punishing those London boroughs which didn’t vote for him last May by pulling out of transport improvements.”
Tory Mayor Johnson has deferred plans to provide disabled access at 21 stations across London including Tower Hill and Mile End.
But a Mayor’s Office spokesman insisted: “Biggs should be aware that the plans were unfortunately an example of empty promises by the previous Mayor, who never put aside the money to carry out this work.
“For Biggs to infer the Mayor has plotted’ to take improvements away from East London to pay for new Routemasters is incredible!”
The Mayor hopes to make a quarter of all Underground stations step free’ by 2010, while his Labour predecessor Ken Livingstone was aiming for one-third by 2012. He has asked Transport for London for a 25 per cent step free’ target by 2010 and 29 per cent by 2018.
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