The Anonymous Widower

Passengers Of Reduced Mobility And The Elizabeth Line

I took these pictures at Whitechapel station and they show the preferred wheelchair entry point to the Class 345 train and the central car of the train, which has four wheelchair spaces.


  1. The well-signed wheelchair entrance to the train.
  2. Thw four wheelchair spaces are in the middle car of the train.
  3. There is no step into the train.
  4. The roundels also have directions to other lines and the way out.

The car also has longitudinal seating and lots of vertical grab rails.

I do find it strange that London is very much alone in the UK in using this seating design.

November 30, 2022 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. Would a person using a mobility scooter be able to use the wheelchair spaces? I am unable to use a wheelchair without being pushed, so have never use wheelchair spaces on the trams here in Manchester, I use my scooter on the tram on the rare occasions I use one. I like the look of the inside of the train, nice colour and seats facing each other. But scooter space is vital for me.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 1, 2022 | Reply

    • This document is entitled Elizabeth line Accessible Travel Policy!

      Click to access Accessible_Travel_Policy_Elizabeth_line_May_2022.pdf

      Section A5 is all about Wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

      There are a few limits on size

      3-Wheeled scooters or those with a triangular footprint (2 wheels at the front close together and 2
      wheels at the rear) that fall within the following size dimensions and are a maximum length of
       1200mm and width of 700mm and are;
       Maximum speed of 4mph;
       Does not exceed 300kg when it is carrying its user

      I suspect that as the centre section is level boarding from street to train, someone at a station like Paddington will start renting mobility scooters for visitors.

      Comment by AnonW | December 1, 2022 | Reply

      • Mine has a square footprint, is very very light and wouldn’t weigh over 300kg even with me on it. SO I would be able to use it on the tube. On the tram I remain sat on it during the journey.

        Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 2, 2022

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