Tube sta­tion to close for seven months

Lan­caster Gate to tem­po­rar­ily shut un­til mid-July

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BUSY Lon­don Tube sta­tion will be closed for the first half of 2017 for the in­stal­la­tion of two new lifts.

Lan­caster Gate, on the Cen­tral line, will shut to cus­tomers on Jan­uary 4 while two 30-year-old el­e­va­tors, which can carry 50 peo­ple, are re­placed.

The sta­tion is not ex­pected to re­open un­til mid-July.

Transport for Lon­don (TfL) said the new lifts will greatly im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity, re­duc­ing failures and en­sur­ing that cus­tomers face fewer de­lays when ex­it­ing the sta­tion.

They will also use less en­ergy, in­clude CCTV and have hear­ing in­duc­tion loops, TfL stated.

Lon­don Un­der­ground (LU) ex­plored the pos­si­bil­ity of re­plac­ing the lifts one at a time in or­der to keep the sta­tion open, but this would have caused long queues and was deemed un­safe.

There would also be no al­ter­na­tive avail­able if that lift broke down, mean­ing com­muters would have to take on the 100 steps – equiv­a­lent to a four-storey build­ing – and the con­clu­sion was reached that the clo­sure of Lan­caster Gate was the ‘quick­est and most ef­fi­cient way’ to re­place the lifts.

LU ad­vises cus­tomers to use nearby al­ter­na­tive sta­tions while Lan­caster Gate is closed.

From Lan­caster Gate, cus­tomers can ac­cess the Cen­tral line by us­ing Queensway, which is a 12-minute walk, or Mar­ble Arch, a 13-minute walk.

Padding­ton is a sev­en­minute walk and serves the Bak­er­loo, District, Cir­cle, and Ham­mer­smith & City lines.

Bus routes that serve the area are num­bers 46, 94, 148, 274 and 390.

Mark Wild, LU’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “I’m sorry for the dis­rup­tion that the lift work will cause our cus­tomers, but the new lifts will be more re­li­able with fewer de­lays when the work is com­plete.

“Clos­ing the sta­tion is the quick­est and most ef­fi­cient way to re­place the lifts. The de­ci­sion has not been taken lightly and we will work hard to com­plete this vi­tal up­grade as quickly as pos­si­ble, keep­ing cus­tomers and lo­cal busi­nesses up to date as the work pro­gresses.”

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