Transport for London have apparently wasted more than 64 million pounds on a scheme which has collapsed which was meant to make seven tube stations accessible to disabled passengers and parents with push chairs.
The total cost of abandoning the scheme which would have involved providing lift from ground level to platform level has been revealed recently. The figures are quite shocking and the lack of result will be irritating to many people.
It has been discovered that the Travel for London group spent around 39 million pounds as Shepherd’s Bush tube station with an estimated 4.4 million for new lifts and the fees of the contractor reaching 22 million, even though all that actually got built were 2 empty lift shafts, only once building started did the full difficulties come to light.
TfL said in a statement:”Installing a lift at Shepherd’s Bush station was always going to be costly and technically challenging because of the layout and condition of the below-ground station. Perhaps better planning would have helped the TFL understand the full requirements of the project both money wise and development wise.
A little less advanced development has been stopped at six other tube stations since September last year due to Travel for London not having the money required to complete work. The work was stopped at this point “to avoid further impacting the customer environment and to avoid incurring unnecessary construction or reinstatement costs”, explained Travel for London.
The scheme’s failure means that wheelchair users and pushchair users will still not have lift access to platforms. There is the possibility that the project could be started again in the future although there are no plans. This comes as a biter disappointment to many people and the amount of money that has been spent on the project with no results is simply awful.