Transport for London (TfL) has received overwhelming support for its planned expansion of Holborn Tube station.
Both the general public and local community have emphatically backed proposals set out in TfL’s consultation to upgrade one of London’s busiest Underground stations, which services approximately 56 million customers each year.
In its current guise, those who use Holborn Tube station have to pass through a single point located at the bottom of the escalators, causing overcrowding and people have to be held outside the ticket gates.
It is what led to huge support for upgrades – with 96% of respondents supporting the proposals set out by TfL, and even more (98%) who responded agreed that upgrades at Holborn Tube station are required.
These will increase capacity, reducing congestion and relieving pressure on the Kingsway entrance.
The changes to the station will also help to support plans that will see the number of trains on the Central and Piccadilly lines increased.
Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, outlined the long term benefits of the investment.
He said: “The expansion of Holborn Tube station will make life better for the tens of thousands of customers who use it every day.
“It is an important station, service a broad range of local institutions and businesses, but it is clearly increasingly not fit for purpose. the consultation showed people are fully behind our proposals to transform the station.
“This long term investment will enable us to support new jobs, homes and growth in the capital and will contribute to the Mayor’s aim of encouraging greater use of public transport, reducing reliance on the car and making London a healthier, cleaner place.”
Under the proposals, the construction of a new second station entrance and exit at the southern end of Proctor Street will be undertaken, while new escalators and lifts will bring step-free access to the station from street to trains – something the Mayor of London is committed to.
The disused Aldwych line platform will be converted into a new concourse for Piccadilly line customers, increasing space and comfort of journeys.