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Outcry as TfL announces 8 month closure of Caledonian Road underground station

October 15, 2015
Nearly 9,000 people every day use Caledonian Road underground station

Nearly 10,000 people every day enter Caledonian Road underground station

Councillors and residents across the west of Islington have expressed their indignation at the announcement by Transport for London that Caledonian Road underground station will be closed for an 8 month period in 2016.

TfL says the closure is necessary so that the station’s 2 lifts can be replaced. And it has announced the decision unilaterally by distributing thousands of letters to the surrounding residential areas.*

This follows a very similar decision by TfL to close Tufnell Park underground station for a similarly extended period between June 2015 and “mid March 2016”,  a decision which provoked a massive public outcry.

Islington Council has reacted strongly to this decision by TfL with Cllr Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, expressing her “shock that it will take so long to replace two lifts. This is an unacceptable timeframe which will cause a great deal of inconvenience to local people and businesses in the area. Its closure will also adversely affect disabled users, as it is one of the very few step free access stations in the area.”

Cllr Webbe has asked senior TFL officials to a public meeting in the area, to explain to local people why the upgrade work will take so long.

The station is in Holloway Ward and Cllr Paul Smith who represents the area said “several different options were available to TfL including the replacement of one lift at a time or the replacement work being done to a much faster timescale. The option chosen by TfL, without any consultation, is one that is plainly convenient to TfL but highly inconvenient to passengers.”

Caledonian ward councillor Paul Convery adds: “There is no doubt that the station’s lifts are nearing the end of their 30 year life. But surely TfL should have started renewing their asset some time ago? I fear the impact of closing the station will be to put a huge extra strain on the bus routes down Cally Road towards Kings Cross”

* A copy of the letter distributed by TfL can be read by clicking here.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Barry Edwards permalink
    October 16, 2015 12:40 am

    Although Caledonian Road is not one of the recommended stations for spectators leaving Arsenal football games, it is used by many people due to the closure of Holloway Road station after matches. Where will these people go?

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