London Underground station that’s been closed since June ‘on track’ to open after delay

By Staff

Sadiq Khan has said that the reopening of a North London Tube station is now ‘on track’ after delays. Kentish Town has been closed since June and was due to be reopened in the summer, but customers will now not be able to use Northern line services there until September.

The works mean there will be improved escalators at the stop. But, deep cleaning, painting, installing a new floor and wall tiling, in addition to new signage, are taking longer than expected, TfL has said.

Now, the Mayor of London has assured the London Assembly that upgrades at the station will indeed be finished by the autumn.

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Green Party Assembly Member, Siân Berry, said: “Constituents have raised with me their dismay at the announcement by Transport for London (TfL), that the reopening of Kentish Town station after escalator refurbishment works, has been delayed. This station has been closed for more than a year, yet the communication to residents about the further delay focussed on explaining the alternative journeys they have already been forced to use.

“Will you: a) apologise to Londoners for the impact of this extended closure, and b) ask TfL to review its messaging on long-term station closures to ensure that it doesn’t assume Londoners don’t already know the options?”

‘Unforeseen essential repairs’

Mr Khan replied: “Kentish Town station closed for escalator replacement and station improvement works on 26 June 2023. In the nine months to date, the escalator replacement work has progressed to plan.

“However, whilst undertaking additional station works, Transport for London (TfL) identified the need to undertake unforeseen essential repairs which must be rectified before the station can safely reopen to customers.”

He added: “TfL apologises for the inconvenience caused by this essential work. It is on track to re-open the station in September this year and, once the work is completed, customers will see an improvement in reliability, avoiding short notice closures.

“Advice on alternative journey planning options during closures is essential for those who are unfamiliar with the network and allows for journey planning. While some customers may already be aware of the options, others may not be, and TfL needs to target its communications at all its customers.”

Click here to see a collection of photos from inside Kentish Town station as works progress.

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