Delays likely as London Tube gets makeover

6th Mar 2006

Passengers on London’s Underground Tube network are being warned about expected delays over the next year as the Metro system ramps up its improvements to the network.
It includes a series of weekend closures throughout 2006 on the Northern line and the closure of the Waterloo & City for five months from April 1.

This comes as Transport for London (TfL) invests £5bn over the next year, and £10bn over the next five years to improve and expand London’s transport network, more than half of that in the Tube.

This year the pace of work will increase to almost double that of last year, a momentum to be maintained for many years to come.

The work will be undertaken by Metronet and Tube Lines.

The improvement works will inevitably result in some disruption for passengers, but information and alternative travel options will be available.


LU is urging all Londoners and Tube passengers to check before they travel on the Tube at weekends, allowing extra time where necessary.

LU Managing Director Tim O’Toole said: “We’re investing billions and working hard to deliver a safe, reliable and clean Tube service, every day.

“But in order to ‘Transform the Tube,’ we need to step up the amount of work being done at weekends and this will mean some disruption for passengers.

“We’re urging all Londoners and Tube passengers to check before you travel on the Tube at weekends, to check for any disruption to their journey but also to see what alternative travel options are available.

“Despite the huge increase in work being undertaken, particularly at weekends, we still want people to get out and enjoy all that this great city has to offer.

“We will be working hard to provide information and alternative travel options to keep Londoners, visitors and Tube users moving.”


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