The first incline lifts in the UK public transport sector are to be installed as part of the Crossrail project in London.
This innovative approach to step-free access will be provided at both Farringdon and Liverpool Street Crossrail stations where buildings above ground prevent the use of vertical lifts. An incline lift will also be installed at Greenford station by 2014.
Running alongside the escalators, passengers with wheelchairs, buggies and heavy luggage will be able to move from the platform to street level.
Miles Ashley, London's Underground programme director of stations, said that the project "represents an innovative approach in providing our customers with improved access".
"Incline lifts simply afford us with better opportunities to facilitate access where more traditional lift arrangements prove impossible to accommodate," he added.
Kone has been awarded a £45 million 50-lift contract by Crossrail and Transport for London, which includes maintenance for a period of 22 years.
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