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Above-ground development to fund Tube station improvements

London Underground (LU) has begun a six week public consultation on a development above South Kensington tube station, which would in turn fund improvements to the station itself.

The potential development could fund station improvements to reduce congestion and provide step-free access to the District and Circle lines at the station, Transport for London (TfL) said.

“We do not have the money for these improvements without a developer paying for it,” said LU deputy managing director Richard Parry.

The proposed improvements include an enlarged ticket hall, a new entrance on Thurloe Street and new lifts and stairs to the District and Circle line platforms. If the above-station development went ahead, the existing arcade, listed shop fronts and northern and southern entrances would all be retained, as would the Thurloe Street terrace, said TfL.

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