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Tube Lines complete Leicester Square upgrade

Tube upgrade contractor Tube Lines has completed the upgrade of key underground station Leicester Square, in the heart of the West End, it is one of London's busiest, and an important interchange between the Piccadilly and Northern lines.

The upgrade of the 102 year old station was carried out by a dedicated team of up to 200 engineers.

Tube Lines' Project Manager for Leicester Square station Mike O'Grady said: "Leicester Square station is one of the busiest on the Underground and bringing it into the 21st century was important for the commuters and for the area.

"After 12 months of hard graft from my team, passengers now benefit from having better and more easily available travel information. Safety has also been enhanced with additional CCTV cameras and help points located throughout the station and the general look and feel have been improved. I am delighted with the results and hope passengers are too."

38M passengers use Leicester Square station every year.

They will benefit from a new, clearer public address system with over 300 speakers installed and a better customer information system have boosted the travel information available.

Wall tiles and lighting have been replaced to improve the interior design of the station. 109 CCTV cameras and 19 new help points have been installed, all of which are controlled from a new control room at the station. These improvements help to increase the security of passengers as well as making the station a pleasant place to travel through.

The Tube Lines team carried out all the station upgrade works in the few hours between midnight and the first Tube train in the morning. Working overnight on the Tube always puts pressure on how much work can be achieved in any one shift with time taken up at the beginning to move the equipment into the station and set up safely and quickly. More time is then taken a few hours later to clean the site and exit before the first train carrying passengers to work comes into service.

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