London Underground

New escalators to be installed at Marylebone Tube station

A three-year project to install new escalators at Marylebone Tube station is set to start later this month.

Transport for London (TfL) has warned passengers that the station will remain open while the two escalators serving the Bakerloo Line are replaced.

A third is set to be added too, TfL has said.

It added that the work will start on replacing the two existing escalators, which date back to 1943, one at a time, to reduce the impact on customers.

Esther Sharples, Director of Asset Operations at London Underground, said: “The escalators we’re replacing are some of the oldest on the Tube network and this is essential work that will improve journeys through Marylebone station for years to come.

"Once the work is complete, the station will have improved capacity and reliability, which is particularly important at this busy interchange.”

South Kensington Station development plans shelved

Local Democracy Reporting Service

South Kensington Station drawing
Native Land

The revamp of South Kensington Station has been put on pause by Transport for London due to its funding problems that have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic.

A report released on Friday by TfL said this was because the cost of the projects has “exceeded original project funding”.

The improvements to the station, which were given planning permission in 2018, included:

  • A revival of the station’s north-side platform
  • A redesign of its main ticket hall
  • Replacing it canopy

A separate planning application was submitted in June by TfL, in a joint partnership with Native Land, to redevelop buildings connected to the station in Thurloe Street and Pelham Street, and a new entrance from Thurloe Street.

A TfL spokesperson said this will be unaffected by today’s announcement.

A statement from TfL said its finances were stable before the pandemic. It said it had made savings of £1bn and had cash reserves of more than £2bn.

Since the lockdown, TfL has lost fare revenue from the huge fall in people using public transport, which looks set to continue.

The government responded by pumping £1.6bn into TfL, plus a £300m loan which will last it until October.

TfL said it will need £3.2bn across the 2020/21 financial year to stay afloat, and £2.9bn for 2021/22.

Among the major projects that TfL says it will continue are:

  • Upgrades to Bank Station
  • The Northern Line extension to Battersea and Nine Elms
  • New trains on the Piccadilly Line