London Underground

Tube station going step-free

Local Democracy Reporting Service

CGI of Harrow on the Hill station
London Underground

Work is underway at a London Underground station as part of a move towards step-free access for travellers.

Transport for London announced that “major works” are being carried out at Harrow-on-the-Hill station.

Teams are putting up new hoardings along platforms five and six, which, it explained, will allow them to start digging the new lift shafts.

The overall plans will see four new lifts installed at the station, as well as a new bridge that will give level access to the ticket hall.

Caroline Sheridan, London Underground’s director of renewals and enhancements, said the changes will make a “positive difference” to the thousands of people who use the station regularly.

She added that extra staff will be in place while the work is carried out, since they will restrict platform space in certain areas.

Local politicians campaigned for step-free access at Harrow-on-the-Hill and they celebrated when the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, included it in a £200 million transport upgrade-package.

Talks to be held to avoid FA Cup Tube strike

Tube strike

Talks are to be held in a bid to avert a strike by London Underground workers over the weekend of the FA Cup Final in a dispute over safety.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are set to walk out for three days on 17 May, the day before the showpiece game at Wembley Stadium between Manchester City and Watford.

Thousands of fans would be hit by any disruption to Tube services.

The union has accused London Underground of cutting train preparations, inspections and maintenance which it says threatens safety - however London Underground denies the claims.

Talks between the two sides will be held at the conciliation service Acas on Friday.

The union is planning to hold a protest at City Hall next week urging London mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene.

The RMT said around 1,000 of its members, working on maintenance and other areas, are involved in the row.

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