Transport for London (TfL) in the UK has completed vital accessibility improvements at four stations on the eastern section of its railway network.

As a part of its larger accessibility improvements programme, the local transport agency has delivered step-free access to platforms at Maryland, Manor Park, Seven Kings and Forest Gate stations. Commuters can now access all platforms using lifts.

Besides offering step-free access, TfL also completed various other improvement works at these stations.

The main station entrance at Manor Park was re-opened to offer direct access to Station Road. Other refurbishment works include rehabilitating the station hall, installation of new ticket machines, automatic ticket gates and upgraded customer information screens.

“These new lifts are a first for these stations and will significantly improve the journeys of thousands of customers.”

Similar refurbishments were carried out at Maryland station, while a ticket hall was recently opened at Forest Gate station.

At Seven Kings, the waiting room was revamped and new live customer information boards were installed. A retail unit at the station is also expected to be opened soon.

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TfL Rail director of operations Howard Smith said: “These new lifts are a first for these stations and will significantly improve the journeys of thousands of customers.

“I would like to thank customers for their patience while this work has taken place and hope that making these stations more accessible will make life easier, with new journey options for many people.

“Meanwhile, accessibility and other improvements continue at all TfL Rail stations that will be part of the new transformative Elizabeth line.”

At present, similar improvement works are underway at Brentwood, Harold Wood, Gidea Park and Romford TfL Rail station.

Once complete, all 41 stations on the Elizabeth line will offer customers step-free access to platforms.