Commuters are facing journey disruptions for almost a year when Central Line trains cease stopping at one of London's busiest stations. From Saturday, Central Line trains will not stop at Tottenham Court Road until December.
The work is intended to ensure the station in able to deal with the demands of more passengers when Crossrail arrives in 2018. Refurbishments will improve access to platforms, install eight new escalators & five new lifts and improve lighting and CCTV. Transport for London have said the station will be fully accessible by 2016 and the ticket hall will be five times larger than its current size.
The refurbishment is part of London Underground's £10bn programme of modernisation. TfL has advised passengers to change at Oxford Circus or Holborn for alternative routes. Northern Line trains will continue to stop at Tottenham Court Road.
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A Lamborghini Countach has been abandoned on Tower Bridge.
The Italian super-car blocked traffic this morning after it was left at the side of the road.
A picture of the car, worth at least £250,000, was shared on Twitter by Transport for London.
It is not known who the car belongs to but it appeared to have a UK registration plate.
The new tube trains will have air-conditioning and walk-through carriages for the first time on the “deep-level” lines, as well as wider doors and step-free access. London Underground claim the interiors will 'recreate the ambiance of the living room, with new levels of comfort for seats and vestibules, pools of lights and electronic notice boards.'
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Darren Johnson AM, London Assembly Member for the Green Party, has hit out at Mayor Boris Johnson over fare increases on London's Transport System.
He was responding to accusations made by Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy, who claimed there could be 'social unrest' if transport links are not improved for lower income Londoners living on the outskirts of the capital.
The Mayor recently increased fares for the seventh year in a row. As Sir Peter rightly points out, millions of Londoners are really struggling with stagnant pay and spiralling housing costs. Being forced to pay high fares to use increasingly overcrowded buses and trains is making life even harder.
As more and more low-income Londoners are forced to relocate to outer London boroughs, the Mayor should be reacting by investing in the bus service and delivering safe, appealing cycle routes that people want to use for their commute to work. He should not be pushing road-building projects aimed at encouraging driving, especially when the majority of low-income families in London don’t own a car.
Sir Peter Hendy, the head of Transport for London, says London's transport crisis 'risks sparking riots' if more is not done to improve services on the network.
In an interview with the Guardian, he warned of 'social unrest' if low paid workers living on the outskirts of the capital could not commute more easily into the centre of the city for work.
London's poor don't live in Harrow Road, they live in Enfield and Tolworth and if you can't get them to jobs they want, your city's going to be in a bad way: it's not going to progress and contribute to national economic growth.
The stakes are pretty high. If you're not able to increase transport capacity, and people find accessing work impossible, you risk social unrest. You can expect trouble.
He also claimed that without new rail lines and major infrastructure projects, such as Crossrail 2 being started immediately, overcrowding in central London could reach "overwhelming" levels. Crossrail 2 is expected to take at least 15 years to complete.
New figures obtained by a London Assembly member have revealed that Transport for London is planning to cut around a fifth of staff working in stations across the network.
The proposals would see staffing cut at 216 stations with around 588 workers due to be cut in total across the network.
London Assembly Labour group transport spokesman Val Shawcross said the impact would vary across the capital but some stations could see as much as a 58% reduction in staff.