Work to transform Tottenham Court Road station into a new gateway to the West End will step up a gear this weekend. As the £500 million station upgrade moves into its next important stage the Northern line won’t stop at the station from 2 April until late November.
Tottenham Court Road station is over 100 years old and was not designed to be used by the 147,000 people that currently pass through it every day. With the growth in passengers using the tube and the arrival of Crossrail, that number is expected to grow to over 200,000. As part of the Tube Upgrade Plan, London Underground is transforming the station to:
- increase the size of the ticket hall by nearly six times;
- introduce step free access from street to platform;
- provide four new or modernised entrances;
- deliver new escalators and improved interchanges between platforms;
- connect with a new Crossrail ticket hall at Dean Street.
London Underground’s Strategy & Commercial Director, Richard Parry, said: “Tottenham Court Road station is set to become one of the busiest and most important stations in the capital once Crossrail and the station upgrade are complete. The changes we are making to the station will transform it, with a massive increase in capacity, new entrances and step free access. But the size and scale of the works mean we will need to close the Northern line platforms until November. I ask our customers and local businesses and residents to bear with us, it will be worth it.”
Central line services at the station will run as normal and the Northern line platforms will be back in service well in time for Christmas. Passengers wishing to use the Northern line are advised to use nearby Goodge Street or Leicester Square.