TfL Northern line Tube station to close for six months for work

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Extensive work will be carried out on Colindale station in Barnet, on the Northen line's Edgware branch.

Colindale Tube station on the Northern line will be closed for major work for the second half of this year.

Transport for London (TfL) said the "vital work to upgrade the station" will include building a larger ticket hall and the installation of a lift to give the station step-free access.

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The Barnet station will be closed from Friday June 7 until an unconfirmed date in December.

Work has already started around the station to prepare for the upgrade, which is funded by the government’s Levelling Up Fund and contributions by Barnet Council, local developers and TfL.

Currently, Colindale station is expected to reach passenger capacity by 2026. As part of the upgrade, the 1960s-built entrance will be replaced with a new station building.

A series of planned track closures will take place on the Northern line between Golders Green and Edgware between April and July this year to facilitate the upgrade works. Temporary bus services will run between Golders Green and Edgware stations, and also to Canons Park station for Jubilee line services. Weekday and weekend southbound services on the London Underground from Golders Green will not be affected.

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David Rowe, TfL’s director of investment delivery planning, said: “The major upgrade of Colindale station is set to transform the journeys of many thousands of our customers, making the station more accessible and welcoming, and ensuring it’s fit to serve this rapidly growing community for many decades to come. I appreciate that this upgrade will cause some disruption for our customers but we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that, through our detailed travel advice, they can plan ahead and are able to complete their journeys using the public transport network.”

During the temporary closure, TfL advises customers to take buses to nearby Northern line stations at Burnt Oak or Hendon Central, or to Kingsbury for the Jubilee line. Thameslink rail services at Mill Hill Broadway or Hendon stations are accessible using buses. TfL said it is working with bus operators to enhance key routes.

Cllr Barry Rawlings, leader of Barnet Council, said: “Colindale is one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in London, with a population that has expanded by 70% over the last 10 years. The redevelopment of the Tube station is desperately needed as it reaches capacity by 2026 and, left undone, will stifle our plans to further regenerate the area.

“However, it does mean that TfL will need to close the station while the works take place. Although we appreciate this is the only viable option, we recognise the inconvenience this will cause to those of us who depend on it.

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"Barnet Council will work with TfL to ensure station users will be provided with alternative travel routes and as much advance notice of closures as possible and we look forward to seeing the new, larger, fully accessible station next year.”

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