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Man arrested who bit police said he had 'HIV infection'

A passenger on the Tube punched and bit police officers at Tottenham Court Road station and boasting they had been infected with HIV, police say.

Man arrested who bit police said he had 'HIV infection'. Credit: PA

Three British Transport Police (BTP) officers needed hospital treatment after the attack at about 5.50pm yesterday.

Officers were called after reports of a disturbance on one of the Northern Line platforms and suffered injuries when they arrested the man.


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Central Line trains won't stop at Tottenham Court Road from tonight

Thousands of commuters using one of the busiest tube stations in the West End will have to plan a new route to work next week. Central Line trains will no longer call at Tottenham Court Road after Underground services end tonight.

Crossrail opens at the station in 2018. Credit: PA

The platforms are being closed for a year to allow the station to be rebuilt before Crossrail opens in 2018. Tottenham Court Road is will become a major interchange between Crossrail and the Central and Northern Lines.

To complete vital work at the station, Central line trains will not be stopping between 3 January 2015 and early December 2015 and I apologise for the inconvenience this will cause. While we try to carry out as much of our improvement works when the Tube is closed, in this case we need a pre-planned closure of the central line platforms due to the vast scale of the station’s transformation.?


Northern Line trains will continue to call at Tottenham Court Road while the work is carried out.


Your views: Should cars and taxis be banned from Tottenham Court Road?

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Vic Stanley What an absolute joke! Roads are for cars, bus lanes are for buses, bike lanes are for bikes, pavements are for people. Do you understand Boris Johnson? There is enough room on the roads for everyone, but then Ken Livingstone started to mess it all up, and you are continuing it...

Timothy Barson So how are all the shops gonna be stocked? If anything pedestrians and shops should be banned from the road

Your views: Do you agree with the Tottenham Court Road car ban?

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Michael Davies This is a ridiculous idea! Banning vehicles may be suitable in some places, but this is a main artery through the West End essential for travelling from East or South of London, heading either North through Camden or else to the West.

We have to accept cars are a fact of life, not all Londoners live in Zone 1 or travel solely during hours of full tube/train operation. A practical and flowing road network is essential!

London could become a city of 'buses and bikes'

Getting rid of lorries and cars from Tottenham Court Road would be a positive step forwards and opens the way for reducing traffic throughout the West End of London.

London could become a city of buses and bikes, if the Mayor and the boroughs did some bold thinking and examined how other roads could be redesigned.

However, we should be aiming to reduce the traffic and pollution on our streets, not just displace it onto other roads.

Streets become nicer, more human places, as soon as you make the safety of pedestrians and cyclists your number one priority.

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