Canary Wharf protest over Crossrail access
Scores of protestors demanding better accessibility for disabled people at Crossrail stations arrived at the company's headquarters on Thursday.
They were angry that seven of the stops on the cross London train service will have no lifts.
Transport For All chose to mark a year on since the Paralympics with a "torch relay" of stations concerned.
They gathered at the Crossrail offices at 25 Canada Square Park from 11.30am until 1pm and were met by "torchbearers" arriving from Hanwell and Seven Kings stations.
Carolyn Brown, who is part of a community group at Hanwell, says she has heard no reason why lift access can't be provided.
"It's essential, not just for wheelchair users, but for the elderly, people with luggage and mothers with children," she said.
"There are seven stations that will be without lifts. In total, the service needs a minimum of 19 more lifts and that will cost about 0.2 per cent of the Crossrail budget."
The other Crossrail stations in London without lifts are Maryland and Manor Park.
Taplow, Iver and Langley, all outside of the capital, will also be out of bounds for wheelchair users.
However, while accessibility was not included in the original plans, transport bosses insist they are still looking into making changes.
Mike Brown, managing director of London Rail, said: "Transport for London and the Department for Transport, the joint Sponsors of the Crossrail Project, aim to make the whole Crossrail route accessible.
"There is already provision for 31 of the 38 stations to have step free access and work is underway to look at practical solutions and funding options for the remaining seven."