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11.09.12

Upgrade disruption minimised on the Underground

Tube upgrade work is set to resume this weekend, following the close of the Paralympic Games. Measures are being put in place to minimise disruption to passengers, whilst allowing work to continue to replace old track, signals and trains.

The effect of closures has been reduced by 10% compared to last year and at least 80% of stations will be served each weekend. No closures will take place in December in the run up to Christmas.

Where the overall impact of a set of closures could be reduced by a longer closure, LU is looking to do so. Such a closure will be used on the Hainault branch of the Central line in the last week of October and the first few days of November.

Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: “In recent years, huge improvements have been made on the Tube – with upgraded trains, stations, signals and track. During the London 2012 Games the network successfully kept London moving and carried more people than at any other time in its 149 year history. 

“But to continue to deliver for London, we need to keep going with the programme of improvements that will provide the extra capacity to support the city’s growing population and ensure that equipment is maintained and replaced before it wears out and causes failures and disruption.

“We have reduced the effect of the closures by 10% compared with last year and at least 80% of stations remain served at weekends, and key periods, including the run-up to Christmas, will see no line closures at all. We will also be using every possible way of communicating with our customers to keep them fully informed of the best way to get around.”

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