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Cockfosters is now London Underground’s 80th step-free station

With work to modernise Cockfosters Underground station complete, passengers can now enter and exit step-free as work

Transport for London (TfL) has finished work on installing a lift at the northern terminus of the Piccadilly line, making Cockfosters the 80th Tube station to become step-free. The lift shaft was craned into the station in a complex overnight operation, with the lift itself built on site. Serving both platforms, it will vastly improve access to the station and wider transport network for people with accessibility needs.

New tiling and brick work around the new lift was carefully selected to match the Grade II listed station’s heritage design.

TfL Image – lift to street level at Cockfosters station.

Tim Morrison, director of renewals and enhancements at London Underground, said: “I’m delighted that construction to make Cockfosters Tube station step-free is now complete. The new lift will make a positive difference to our customers, making it much easier for those with mobility needs, heavy luggage or with children in buggies to access the Tube at this station.”

Cockfosters is the 12th station since 2016 to become step-free on the London Underground. The next phase of the London Underground Accessibility Programme will see a further seven Tube stations made step-free: Amersham, Debden, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Ickenham, Osterley, Sudbury Hill and Wimbledon Park.

Work is currently progressing at all seven stations. Lift towers have now been installed at all of these stations except Sudbury Hill, and one lift tower is still to be installed at Harrow-on-the-Hill. At other stations, brickwork, panelling and glazing around the lift shafts and access bridges is now progressing. Amersham is scheduled to be the next station to become step-free, with engineers currently installing the lifts into the completed shafts.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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