Underground passengers are being warned to plan alternative routes from tomorrow (Wednesday January 4) as lift replacement work will force a Central line tube station to close until the summer.
Lancaster Gate's current two 50-person lifts are nearly 30-years-old and are being replaced by two new lifts which will be fitted with CCTV and hearing induction loops to reduce background noise.
Transport for London claimed the new service will make passengers lives easier, with improved reliability and a reduction in lift failures.
In order to reduce the effects to customers, London Underground initially explored the option of keeping the station open by replacing one lift at a time.
However, due to safety reasons, the decision was taken to close the station entirely.
Lancaster Gate serves the Central line and will be closed until mid-July whilst work takes place.
London Underground’s managing director, Mark Wild, Said: “I’m sorry for the disruption that the lift work will cause our customers, but the new lifts will be more reliable with fewer delays when the work is complete.
"Closing the station is the quickest and most efficient way to replace the lifts – the decision has not been taken lightly and we will work hard to complete this vital upgrade as quickly as possible, keeping customers and local businesses up to date as the work progresses.”
London Underground advises customers to use alternative nearby stations.
Tube options from Lancaster Gate:
- Paddington for the Bakerloo, District, Circle, and Hammersmith & City lines, seven-minute walk.
- Queensway for the Central line, 12-minute walk.
- Marble Arch for the Central line, 13-minute walk.
Bus routes in the area include numbers 46, 94, 148, 274 and 390.
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