Published: 16 December, 2016
by IMOGEN ROBINSON
Lancaster Gate residents have been left shocked after Transport for London (TfL) announced it would be closing the tube station for seven months next year – giving just one month’s notice.
TfL revealed on Friday that they had no choice but to close the station entirely from January 4 until mid-July to replace the lifts.
The station, which is used for 17,000 journeys a day, has two 50-person lifts that are nearly 30 years old.
Campaign group Don’t Close Lancaster Gate Station has been set up to try to convince TfL to change its plans. A spokesman for the group, who did not want to give his name, said: “I have a 10-month-old child and I get limited time with him anyway. If the station was closed it would an extra half hour to my day’s commute in total.”
A TfL statement said: “Replacing the lifts will greatly improve their reliability, reducing failures and ensuring that customers face fewer delays when exiting the station,” adding that closing the lifts one at a time would be “unsafe”.