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Oval and Clapham common tube station upgrades complete

Tube Lines has completed the upgrade of two more Tube stations on the Northern line − Oval and Clapham Common − meaning that it is now three quarters of the way towards its target of upgrading 99 stations by June 2010

The teams took just eight months to complete the improvements works at Clapham and Oval. Upgrade work has now started at Clapham North, Colliers Wood and Tooting Bec stations on the Northern line with all scheduled to be completed by May 2010.

There are 50 stations along the Northern line – the busiest line on the Underground carrying more than 800,000 passengers per day. 43 of these stations are maintained by Tube Lines, and the completion of Oval and Clapham Common stations takes the total number of Northern line stations to receive an overhaul to 31.

Improvements and safety

All of Tube Lines’ station upgrades include the installation of an improved public address system, new CCTV, help points and platform train indicator boards to make stations even safer and provide passengers with better information about their journeys.

The projects also improve the physical and safety environment for passengers, through the repair of the station structure and fabric, the renewal of station signage and the redecoration of the station.

“Upgrading stations is a necessary job to ensure the facilities available to passengers remain reliable and in good condition and that they can benefit from new and improved technology,” said Project Manager at Tube Lines John Auguste.

“I appreciate that closing stations early can be disruptive but this enables us to bring the benefits of the upgrade work to passengers a lot faster than would otherwise be possible.”

John Auguste, Tube Lines

Major upgrade work on the Tube can be a slow business with an average of only four hours each night to carry out the work. To enable passengers to benefit from station improvements early, Tube Lines has agreed with London Underground to close Clapham North, Colliers Wood and Tooting Bec stations at 10pm from Sunday to Thursday to speed the work up.

This approach has been used with great success; Tube Lines has drastically cut the duration of station upgrade projects from an average of 12 to nine months, with some stations being completed in as little as six months.

“I appreciate that closing stations early can be disruptive but this enables us to bring the benefits of the upgrade work to passengers a lot faster than would otherwise be possible,” said Auguste. “I am confident that when the work is completed passengers will see and feel the full benefits of the work carried out at their local station.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • My local station at Sudbury Hill (Piccadilly Line) was 'upgraded'. The indicator boards still cannot state either the destination of the next train or how long the suffering passenger has to wait for it.

    Anyone who is disabled or has a pram or push chair still has to carry it up and down the stairs.

    To be called 'upgrading' it must be disabled friendly. It does not look as if the latest 'upgraded' stations are anyhting more than a titivation.

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