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‘Overwhelming support’ for Holborn station expansion

Holborn

Plans to expand Holborn Tube station have received “overwhelming support” from the public.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that proposals to increase the station’s capacity to allow for an increased number of trains has been backed by the local community.

In total, 98% of respondents agreed that the station needed an upgrade with 96% supporting the works.

Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “The expansion of Holborn Tube station will make life better for the tens of thousands of customers who use it every day.

It is an important station, serving a broad range of local institutions and businesses, but it is clearly increasingly not fit for purpose. The consultation showed people are fully behind our proposals to transform the station.

“This long-term investment will enable us to support new jobs, homes and growth in the capital and will contribute to the Mayor’s aim of encouraging greater use of public transport, reducing reliance on the car and making London a healthier, cleaner place.”

The proposals would see the construction of a new second station entrance and exit at the southern end of Procter Street.

The installation of eight new escalators and three lifts would enable step-free access from street to trains, which would significantly improve accessibility for older and disabled people, as well as parents or carers with buggies.

The proposals also include turning a disused Aldwych line platform into a new concourse for Piccadilly line customers.

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