Commuters will no longer have to 'mind the gap' at some of their local stations as London Underground announce funding for platform-to-train ramps.
Kilburn, Stanmore and Wembley Park stations have been identified by London Underground as having a considerable gap and step down from platform to train, and will install the new ramps by the end of June.
Isabel Dedring, deputy mayor for transport said: "We’ve been determined to create a ramp which works at those tricky stations where there is a gap and step down from platform to train.
"This innovative new design is a UK first and will make a real contribution to boosting accessibility - opening up more Tube stations to more people.
"This is just one of the measures we're carrying out to make getting around London easier for everyone – including more step-free stations, raised platform sections, new low-floor trains with the latest accessibility standards and much more."
The news comes as the Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced earlier this year that he will push ahead with plans to bring step-free access to Harrow-on-the-Hill station in one of many large-scale accessibility improvement projects being given £250million funding by Transport for London (TfL).
Brent-based Jeff Harvey, from campaign group Transport for All said: “I am very happy to hear the new ramps will make Kilburn Station and others accessible to me and other wheelchair users, finally opening up parts of the Underground network for us to use.
"This will cut some of my journeys down by over an hour, which can make the difference between being able to attend an event, class or job interview, or having to say no.
"It is encouraging that Transport for All and our members were able to interact with TfL during planning and even participate in testing the new ramps. I hope such involvement continues so that all remaining stations where a gap prevents people boarding the train can benefit from a ramp.”
The Mayor of London recentley dashed hopes of step-free access coming to Rayners Lane station however, despite a petition from London Assembly member Navin Shah.