Can someone retitle this thread?. The initial question was about whether some works were cancelled but since this thread has evolved into general announcements and comments on step-free access across the TfL network
Also, I'm not sure if this counts, but the lifts at Holloway Road are being replaced one at a time (ianvisits). I'm aware that despite having lifts, the station isn't step free due to a final staircase from the lifts down to the platforms. Is there any possibility for step-free access at Holloway Road, especially with new lifts?
There is no prospect of step-free access coming with these works, as they are just replacing life expired lifts with new equivalents. The Axonometric diagram available on ianvisits' website shows the lift shafts come down on the opposite side of the westbound (I think) tunnel to the platforms (which are between the running tunnels) so it would require a second lift shaft. The diagram suggests that the obvious place for this would be opposite the top of the stairs to the platform, but this would still require excavating a new shaft and cross-passage which would not be a small job even if there isn't anything in the way (the diagram does not show all non-public areas).
The current strategy for step-free access is to prioritise areas of London that do not have accessible stations, but this is available at Caledonian Road (one stop south) and Finsbury Park (two stops north), both of which have (iirc) good bus links to Holloway Road, so I suspect it isn't a priority station. My guess would be that, absent new third-party funding, the next station in this area to get step-free access would be the Victoria line at Highbury & Islington even though that would be a bigger job.
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Was once a plan to reopen the old ticket hall at Highbury to use the remaining lift shafts.
I find it was the 2002 LU publication 'Unlocking London for All' that noted that at Waterloo and Highbury the disused lift shafts are to be re-equipped. Neither project has progressed. Of course, further lifts would need to descend to the platforms at Highbury, and no contribution was received for step-free access to the National Rail platforms at Moorgate in connection with works for the Elizabeth Line.
TfL has outlined 10 London Underground stations it will be reviewing for potential step-free access, as it progresses plans to further improve public transport accessibility in London. Tube stations shortlisted in this next phase of step-free access work in 2023 and 2024 are: Alperton Arnos Grove Burnt Oak* Eastcote Finchley Road Northolt* North Acton Rayners Lane West Hampstead White City *TfL previously carried out design works at Burnt Oak and Northolt stations, and these were paused during the pandemic. TfL will be expanding on this work to evaluate the best way to deliver step-free upgrades at the stations