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Progress ramped up at Dagenham Heathway

PUBLISHED: 17:06 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:06 26 May 2015

Dagenham Heathway is one of 28 tube stations to have been fitted with a manual boarding ramp in the last year

Dagenham Heathway is one of 28 tube stations to have been fitted with a manual boarding ramp in the last year

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Wheelchair users are to benefit from improved access on the London Underground.

Dagenham Heathway is one of 28 tube stations to have been fitted with a manual boarding ramp in the last year – over double the number installed in the previous 12 months.

Currently only passengers travelling westbound from the station will benefit from the service, as the improved access still needs to be rolled out for the rest of the service.

First introduced for the 2012 Olympics, manual boarding ramps have now been installed at over 50 stations across the capital.

Alan Benson, a member of disability rights charity Transport for All, said: “These ramps will mean that I, and lots of wheelchair users like me, can use much more of the Underground just like every other Londoner.

“For the first time I’ll be able to go out with friends without having to spend a small fortune on taxis.”

All suitable stations are to be fitted with ramps by summer 2015, as part of a £250 million investment by Transport for London (TfL) in step-free projects in the city.


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