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London Underground 'actively investigating' issue

Inorder to provide level access between the platform and the trains, LondonUnderground, in recent years, has successfully installed platform humps at anumber of stations and we now have boarding ramps at 35 key locationsacross the network.

However, Kilburn station was not one of these because the platforms are higher than the train, which means that the current design of ramp is not suitable. We are keen to improve on the work that has already been done to improve accessibility across the transport network and we are actively investigating what can be done to resolve this issue at Kilburn.

– Phil Hufton, London Underground’s Chief Operating Officer

Ramp withdrawn in May due to 'safety' issues

Jeff Harvey says the ramp at Kilburn was withdrawn in May this year Credit: ITN

Transport for London introduced more Manual Boarding Ramps (MBRs) on some platforms during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They enable wheelchair and scooter users to get over the gap between the train and the platform.

Kilburn station borrowed an MBR from nearby Willesden Green station and used it for several months. However, it was suddenly removed because of apparent safety issues.


Double-decker bus crashes into bollards in rush hour

A bus crashed into bollards in the City of London during this morning's rush hour, leaving several people injured.

At around 07:20 this morning a route 15 double deck bus, operated by Stagecoach, collided with a bollard in Cannon Street, EC2.

When the bus attempted to reverse off the bollard it collided with a stationary route 521 bus.

Emergency services attended the scene and an investigation will be launched into the incident.

– Mike Weston, TfL's Director of Buses


Route will be 3rd to run entirely with New Bus

The New Bus for London Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Route 9 will be served by the New Bus for London - also known as the 'Boris Bus' - which has a conductor and the same hop-on hop-off feature as the old Routemaster.

The route - which runs from Hammersmith to Aldwych will get 22 of the new buses from Saturday. 16,000 people use the route every day.

Route 9 joins routes 24 and 11 which are already run entirely with a fleet of New Buses.

Route 390 will become part of the exclusive group on 9 December.

Tube services at Embankment to close down

Northern and Bakerloo line services will not stop at Embankment station for most of next year while escalator work is completed, causing major disruption for passengers.

Embankment station is facing months of closures in 2014 Credit: Reuters

Transport for London say the closures will last for a total of 43 weeks over 2014, beginning on January 8th. They are advising passengers wanting to use either line to go to Waterloo or Charing Cross stations close by.

The work will involve four escalators which were installed more than 80 years ago and were last refurbished in the 1970s. TfL claims the work would involve replacing all four at once, and if it had been phased it would have taken "at least 75 weeks".

Circle and District line trains will continue to stop at Embankment during the work.

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