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£700M makeover for Victoria

Passengers using Victoria, one of London Underground’s (LU) busiest and most congested stations, are set to benefit from a major £695M upgrade as part of Transport for London’s investment programme.

The project has been approved by transport secretary Lord Adonis following a three month public inquiry which ended in January this year.

Used by more than 80M passengers each year, Victoria Underground station is at the heart of London’s transport network.

When complete, the scheme will increase the station’s capacity by about 50%.

However, severe congestion during the morning rush hour often makes it necessary to close the station entrances to prevent overcrowding on the Tube platforms.

This disrupts and delays passenger journeys. When complete, the scheme will increase the station’s capacity by about 50%.

It will add a new ticket hall, lifts and additional escalators as well as providing step-free access from street level to all platforms and for passengers changing lines. Works include a new ticket hall and entrance to the station beneath Bressenden Place.

Improvement works

It also involves enlarging the existing Victoria line ticket hall, installing nine new escalators, seven new lifts and building a new passageway at the north end of the Victoria line platform. Subject to the TfL Board approving funding for the project in the autumn, a seven year construction programme can start in 2010.

New Victoria line trains have already started running. These trains are part of the Victoria line upgrade which, along with new track and signalling, will offer customers a smoother ride, with more frequent trains, a reduction in journey times and 20% more capacity.

The new trains will be gradually phased in over the coming weeks.

The new trains will be gradually phased in over the coming weeks and will come into full passenger service in the autumn, when further new trains will start to be delivered.

The new Victoria Line trains will feature in-carriage CCTV, improved wheelchair access, better ventilation, and improved audio and visual customer information systems.

Upgrade timeline

  • April 2003 London Underground signs three PPP contracts to upgrade the Tube
  • Early 2005 Re-signalling and track renewal works begin on the Victoria Line
  • July 2006 New Victoria line train design showcased to customers in Euston
  • Spring 2008 First 2009TS test train delivered to LU for night-time testing
  • December 2009 Jubilee Line upgrade and 30% capacity increase due for completion
  • Summer 2010 First air-conditioned S-Stock train introduced on Metropolitan Line
  • Early 2012 Victoria Line upgrade complete, delivering nearly 20% more capacity
  • End of 2016 Tottenham Court Road station upgrade complete

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