Plans to close Caledonian Road Tube station for 8 months scrapped by TfL

TfL had not considered full impact of closure to repair lifts

The two 30-year-old lifts at Caledonian Road Tube station break down once a week on average, causing delays and frustration for commuters.

Transport for London (TfL) planned to close the station for eight months in order to fix the two lifts, but has today backed down after Islington Council threatened legal action against them.

A petition to stop the closure attracted 8,000 signatures.

The council suggests the station remains open and TfL fix the two lifts one at a time.

According to the Evening Standard, councillor Claudia Webbe, Islington’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “We welcome TfL’s climbdown, which shows the council was correct in starting legal proceedings.  

“It’s clear that both TfL and the council would much prefer to resolve this dispute amicably if possible, and we hope that TfL will deliver the improvements the station needs by replacing the lifts one after the other and keeping the station open.”

TfL has now agreed to pay the council’s legal costs.

Gareth Powell, director of strategy for London Underground, said: “Two public bodies being involved in litigation on this issue would be a waste of public money, which we obviously want to avoid.  

“We’re all in agreement that the lifts need to be refurbished and that when this happens everyone will benefit from a more reliable service.  We’ll be discussing our plans with Islington to find the best solution.”

TfL originally argued it would be dangerous to the public to keep the station open while the work was underway.

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