Un­der­ground ser­vice set for week­end dis­rup­tion

Pic­cadilly and Dis­trict lines to be hit by Tube mod­erni­sa­tion works

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

MA­JOR to mod­ernise the un­der­ground will halt ser­vices on the Pic­cadilly and Dis­trict lines in Oc­to­ber.

A rail junction will be re­built next month to im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity on both the lines, with ser­vice be­tween Uxbridge and Ac­ton Town af­fected for two week­ends.

Lon­don Un­der­ground (LU) engi­neers and con­trac­tors will com­pletely re­new and re­align the Hanger Lane junction to make it ‘faster, smoother and more re­li­able for the thou­sands of cus­tomers who travel through the area each day’.

The work in­volves break­ing out and re­new­ing track and sig­nalling over nine days from Satur­day

work Oc­to­ber 24 to Sun­day Novem­ber 1, also clos­ing the Dis­trict line be­tween Eal­ing Broad­way and Turn­ham Green.

David Wa­boso, LU’s di­rec­tor of cap­i­tal pro­grammes, said: “Our engi­neers and con­trac­tors will be work­ing around the clock to re­place this com­plex junction.

“I am sorry

for the dis­rup­tion to cus­tomers dur­ing the clo­sure, which we will keep as short as pos­si­ble.

“When the junction re­opens, it will be im­me­di­ately more re­li­able and trains will be able to travel faster through it.

“Dis­trict line cus­tomers will see more and more new trains over the next year, fol­lowed by a com­plete mod­erni­sa­tion of the line’s sig­nalling that will rad­i­cally im­prove jour­neys.”

The work will be car­ried out in two halves, rather than all at once, al­low­ing the Pic­cadilly line to re­main open on week­days.

A new fleet of air­con­di­tioned trains are cur­rently be­ing in­tro­duced, which will be in ser­vice by the end of 2016.

Work will soon be­gin on new sig­nalling and con­trol sys­tems for the four lines, with the im­prove­ments to­gether boost­ing ca­pac­ity by an av­er­age of a third.

Dur­ing the clo­sure there will be some changes to trans­port ser­vices.

The Dis­trict line will not run be­tween Eal­ing Broad­way and Turn­ham Green, but the Cen­tral line will con­tinue to serve Eal­ing Broad­way ev­ery day as nor­mal.

The Pic­cadilly line will run as nor­mal on week­days, pro­vid­ing al­ter­na­tive Tube routes from Eal­ing Com­mon and Ac­ton Town.

The Pic­cadilly line will close be­tween Ac­ton Town and Uxbridge on the week­ends of Oc­to­ber 24.25 and Oc­to­ber 31/ Novem­ber 1.

Trains will not run from Chiswick Park Un­der­ground sta­tion through­out, but it will be open to serve cus­tomers with tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion.

Rail re­place­ment buses will serve Eal­ing Broad­way, Eal­ing Com­mon, Ac­ton Town and Chiswick Park through­out the work, sup­ple­ment­ing ex­ist­ing lo­cal bus routes.

LU will run 50 per cent more Dis­trict line ser­vices to Rich­mond to serve the semi-fi­nals and fi­nal of the Rugby World Cup on Oc­to­ber 24, 25 and 31.

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