I visited Tottenham Court road several times in June 2019, each time looking at
different issues. There are now some amazing lifts giving access to both the
Central and Northern lines. This is part of the Crossrail infrastructure
There are still issues with getting on and off of the trains, although I need to confirm this with yet another visit.
When I arrived on the Central line today, at the end of June 2019, the gap between the train and the platform is shown below. I do not think they have sections of raised platform for wheelchair users, I need to confirm whether this is true.
Not particularly relevant, as this is the station you would want to enter or exit the station, but it is also easy to cross between platforms at this station, both on the Northern and Central lines, presuming you can get off of the train.
DO NOT access the Northern line unless you know which station you will get off - or change at, and check that station is accessible. Some are good, most are appalling!
I did get stuck at the ticket entrance, on the concourse, as I went the wrong way. On trying to exit immediately, my ticket was refused and the staff let me out. When I then tried to access the lift, my ticket did not work again! It maybe a time limited thing, but get it right first time! I had to get the staff to let me back through the ticket barrier. They laughed when I said the station was accessible, but were impressed when I told them I was building an accessible guide to the London stations - in late June 2019.
Tottenham Court road Central line platform step - June 2019
Tottenham Court Road, New Oxford street, for example
All the London railway stations :
Underground lines : Central, Northern
Accessibility friendly : Tottenham Court Road is accessible to wheelchair users due to escalators between the platform and street level. It is a very deep station, and appears to have lifts to all platforms. The Central line has restrictions requiring ramps. See images below, in June 2019.
Tottenham Court Road Lifts signage, from New Oxford street, for example
Tottenham Court Road Lifts access, from New Oxford street, for example
Tottenham Court Road Internal Lifts, for example
Tottenham Court Road Northern Line Lifts, for example
Tottenham Court Road Northern Line Lift from station level - not easy to find
General description : In June 2019, an initial visit to Tottenham Court Road station. The external appearance suggest this is an ultra-modern station with good quality lift access to all levels, from street level. My only worry is that accessible users visit the Northern line, which is probably not recommended; although it is maybe improving. The TFL map suggests otherwise. I will need to revisit all of the stations in the coming weeks.
You will need a Ramp to access the central line services from this station. See picture above. The Northern line appears to have raised platforms, see below. These are sections of the platform which allow step-free access to the trains. Cool! It appears to be the second carriage from the front of the train, but I am not sure this is correct, although I am pretty sure this is the case after visiting other stations.
Tottenham Court Road raised platforms - Northern line northbound
More comment : See press release although it ignores the gaps between the trains and platforms.