A politician has welcomed South Woodford Tube station becoming step-free.

Transport for London yesterday announced the Tube station, which is served by the Central line, now has a ramp.

It had previously only been step-free for customers using the eastbound entrance for services to Epping but now a new ramp at the Westbound entrance has been fully installed for customers travelling into central London.

The London Assembly member for Havering and Redbridge, Keith Prince, said: “As someone who has campaigned for more step-free access at Underground stations, I am delighted that this work has now been completed at South Woodford.

“Step-free access is key to helping Londoners move around our city – especially those with mobility issues.

“I will continue to push for more of our stations in Havering and Redbridge to become step-free as soon as possible.

“Every Londoner should be able to easily use our transport network and benefit from all that our great city has to offer.”

The station sees around 5.3 million journeys each year and is the 78th station to become step-free on the London Underground.

Caroline Sheridan, the director of renewals and enhancements at London Underground, said: “South Woodford station becoming fully step-free will make a positive difference to thousands of our customers every day.

“We are very aware of the challenges of getting around London for those with mobility needs or with children in buggies and are working hard to make our network accessible to all.

“The Mayor and TfL's recent investment in increasing the number of step-free Tube stations means that more than a third of the Underground network will be step-free by 2020.”