Disabled man’s challenge to visit every London Tube station in one day

A disabled man will attempt to visit every Tube station in one day in order to highlight accessibility problems on the London Underground.

Benjamin Holt, 26, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, will take on the challenge to visit all 270 stations as he calls on Transport for London (TfL) to provide better facilities on its network for disabled people.

The former TfL worker from north London said he felt “frustrated” by the present Tube system, adding that he only travels at non-peak times because it can take him “a long time” to get up and down stairs.

He told the Standard: “Not everyone can access the underground. I am going to cover what I can – at points I may have to go forward one stop and back another because there is no access. I cannot constantly go up and down escalators or stairs – it is too dangerous.

“I tend to travel at quiet times rather than rush hour to avoid the crowds.

Transport for London has said it will increase the number of disabled-friendly stations in its Tube network by 20 per cent over the next five years.

Last month London Mayor Boris Johnson said “great progress” had been made in creating more step-free access stations as he announced that £75million would be spent on new station lifts.

But Mr Holt said he remained “sceptical” that sufficient changes would be made in the next decade.

He said: “[Their pledge] remains to be seen. I remain sceptical. It frustrates me they are making it more accessible but only for certain stations.”

Mr Holt, who works part-time for a community charity in Camden, is raising money through his challenge for charity Vitalise, which provides short breaks for people with physical disabilities and their carers.

He said: “I thought I would do it for fundraising purposes and not for the Guinness World Record.”

The challenge follows a viral video featuring wheelchair-bound Anthony Ince, in which he raced the Tube from Mansion House and Cannon Street to highlight the lack of step-free stations.