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02.01.15

Central Line trains will not call at Tottenham Court Road during 2015

Central Line trains will cease to call at Tottenham Court Road from tomorrow until December because of upgrade works.

Major structural work will improve access to the Central Line platforms, with new entrances and lift access both from the ticket hall and to the Northern line. By 2016, the station will be fully accessible and the ticket hall will be five times larger than its current size. Currently around 150,000 people use the station daily but this is expected to rise to over 200,000 when Crossrail services start to call at the station in 2018. 

The station will have eight new escalators, five new lifts, new Art on the Underground installations, new CCTV cameras, better lighting and other improvements.

In January 2015, the first part of the modernisation works at Tottenham Court Road station will be complete and customers will be able to access the Northern line platforms, via a large part of the new ticket hall, and escalators leading down to a new concourse and cross-passages.

Northern Line trains are unaffected by the new set of works and will continue to stop at Tottenham Court Road as usual.

David Waboso CBE, London Underground’s Capital Programmes Director, said: “To complete vital work at the station, Central Line trains will not be stopping between 3 January 2015 and early December 2015 and I apologise for the inconvenience this will cause. While we try to carry out as much of our improvement works when the Tube is closed, in this case we need a pre-planned closure of the central line platforms due to the vast scale of the station’s transformation.

“Tottenham Court Road station is already a major West End destination and when TfL-run Crossrail arrives the number of customers using the station will increase to around 200,000 a day.  We’re transforming the station to make it fully accessible for customers, with improvements including new entrances and an enlarged ticket hall.”

Redevelopment work to increase capacity at key stations and make them step-free, is underway at a number of stations including Victoria and Bond Street, where a new Crossrail station will interchange with an enlarged Underground station. More than half of London Underground's 270 stations have now been modernised or refurbished to make them brighter and easier to use, with improvements such as tactile strips and better CCTV and help points, electronic information displays in ticket halls and on platforms, and improved seating and lighting.

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Rodger Bradley   02/01/2015 at 18:20

Brilliant - they expect a 33% increase in passenger traffic between 2015 and 2018 - I assume these will all be tourists, since with today's technology - never mind what will change by 2018, there is no longer a 100% need to commute for work.

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