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8 month closure of Caledonian Road tube station: there are simple alternatives

November 4, 2015

Councillors representing the neighbourhoods served by Caledonian Road underground station have backed demands that the Mayor of London should step-in and stop TfL’s 8 month station closure and implement an alternative plan instead.

TfL says both of the station’s 2 lifts need replacing at the same time and this requires full closure of the station from January to August 2016.

Labour has proposed an alternative: replace the lifts one at a time. Indeed, there is a third unused lift shaft at the station into which a new lift could be installed first. Experience from other stations shows it is technically feasible to keep one lift operating whilst the other is being replaced. It is technically and managerially more complicated. It might cost more. But perfectly feasible.

Islington’s Labour Council is actively opposing the closure plan. You can support the campaign by signing our online petition here.

Local councillors will be attending a site visit in the next 10 days with TfL officials. Islington Council’s lead member for transport, Cllr Claudia Webbe, has invited senior TfL staff to attend a public meeting to explain their decision and to hear the alternative options which campaigners have identified.

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