MATCHDAY TRAVEL NEWS: IMPROVED DISABLED ACCESS ON UNDERGROUND

Posted on: Fri 20 Sep 2013

Supporters heading to tomorrow's Barclays Premier League game against Fulham at Stamford Bridge may find the following information useful.

On the London Underground, accessibility improvements have been made at 35 stations, with boarding ramps now in place at 19 more tube stations, on top of the 16 they were initially trialled at, ensuring 35 additional stations are now accessible for wheelchair users from platform to train.

The portable ramps are put in place by tube staff to allow wheelchair users to get on and off trains. They were first introduced at 16 stations during the 2012 Paralympics and proved so successful Transport for London decided to roll out them out further across the network.

The 19 new stations to have boarding ramps are: Caledonian Road, East Ham, Elm Park, Epping, Farringdon, Hainault, Hillingdon, Hounslow East, Kew gardens, Mile End, Richmond, Rickmansworth, Roding valley, South Woodford, Theydon Bois, Upney, Uxbridge, West Finchley and Wood Lane.

They were already in place at Hammersmith (H&C), King's Cross St. Pancras, West Ham, Westminster, Southfields, Wimbledon, Earl's Court, Fulham Broadway, Stratford, Woodford, Oxford Circus, Queen's Park, Edgware, Morden, Finchley Central and Stockwell. Two of these stations, Edgware and Finchley Central, have now got permanent raised platform sections. Denmark Hill and Crystal palace stations, served by London Overground, have also become fully step-free after the installation of lifts.

A short film explaining how the ramps work can be found here.

On the London Underground there is no service on the Bakerloo Line between Queen's Park and Harrow & Wealdstone, although a rail replacement bus service will be in operation.

On the Northern Line, meanwhile, there is no service between Angel and Chalk Farm/Highgate or between Euston and Chalk Farm/Highgate (via Mornington Crescent). Once again, a rail replacement bus service will be in operation.

There is also no service on the Central Line between Bethnal Green and Loughton/Hainault.

There is a good service predicted on all other lines, although we advise you to check your route prior to departure through Transport for London.

Supporters travelling to the game by car will be pleased to know there are no planned roadworks in and around the area of the stadium. However, we advise you to check your route prior to departure through either the AA or RAC websites.

If you are travelling to the match by car, please remember Chelsea's Liftshare Scheme, which allows those supporters with room in their vehicle to give a fellow Blue a lift to the game.

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