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23.01.09

Edgware station going up in the world

Modernisation works completed early


Tube Lines has achieved practical completion of the modernisation of Edgware Tube station which also included major step free access works. The project was completed four months ahead of schedule. The completion of this station means that Tube Lines has finished 64 station upgrades and all the stations on the Edgware branch of the Northern line.

The scope of work undertaken at Edgware station was extensive as Tube Lines combined the station modernisation work with a major step free access project to install two new lifts. Completing this type of work would normally take between 10 and 14 months. However, Tube Lines delivered both projects within a record seven months. The work was not due to be completed until May 2009 which means passengers using this station are benefiting from the improvements four months earlier than originally intended. The lifts, although finished will not be available for public use until April 2009 when all the safety checks have been finalised.

The team working on this mammoth project put the speed of delivery down to careful planning and teamwork. The team laid foundations for the two new lifts, installed 51 piles and erected two six-tonne steel shafts within just eight-weeks of starting work, speedy work by anyone’s standards. Steel lift frames for the new lifts were installed during one weekend closure. They had to be hoisted six metres over the station and lowered into specially designed wells.

The installation of the two lifts at Edgware will make travel more accessible for wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs and people with heavy luggage alike.

As with all stations that Tube Lines has refurbished there is a big focus on improving the safety of the station. There has been an increase in the number of CCTV cameras bringing the current count to 50. Help points have also been installed which enable passengers to get help and up to date information about the services being run.

There has also been a huge effort made to assist passengers with various types of disabilities. Induction loops have been installed in the ticket office and the PA system has been replaced so that there are clearer announcements for those with hearing difficulties. People with visual impairments will be aided by brighter paint on the stairs and platform edges. In addition, all passengers will benefit from the new information boards in the ticket hall and on platforms.

Hani Rizkallah, Senior Project Manager at Tube Lines said:

“Our motto when upgrading stations is ‘plan the work and work the plan’. We have such limited time to carry out major construction work on the Tube, usually just four hours each night, so it is absolutely imperative that we plan for each hour that we work and then execute that plan down to the very last detail. I am sure the improvements the team has delivered to Edgware station will be felt by the millions of passengers using the station each year.”

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