More Criticism for Tfl Over Greenford Station U-Turn
Millions of pounds wasted after access projects shelved at six stations
Transport for London (TfL) has been criticised for writing off around £20m which had been invested in projects - including £2.9m for lifts at Greenford station.
TfL began installing step-free access at six underground stations last year but the work was later cancelled because of the impact of the recession.
London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon said the money was "wasted" but Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the scale of the downturn could not be predicted.
Ms Pidgeon said: "Transport for London have shown incredible incompetence in starting work on step free access at six underground stations and then cancelling the work before its completion.
"Through poor budgeting no improvements in access will take place yet £20m of public money has been totally wasted."
The stations which have had step-free access scrapped are Amersham, Greenford, Ladbroke Grove, Newbury Park, Osterley and West Kensington.
Greenford Station alone had £2.9m spent on cable and drainage work ahead of lift shaft installation before the project was cancelled.
Mr Johnson said: "As part of the package of changes to achieve significant cost reductions, the decision was taken to stop work on six step-free access projects.
"TfL is experiencing a loss in revenue due to the current economic climate which necessitated difficult decisions."
He added: "Given the pressures on TfL's finances, funds were simply not available to us and we had to take the decision to halt the works."