Kentish Town Station is due to close on June 26 this year in order for essential work on the station to be carried out. Transport for London has revealed that the station’s escalators, which were originally installed in 1997, are “the most unreliable” on the network.
They plan to replace them with newer high-quality models that we have on the Elizabeth Line which are expected to last up to 40 years. The aim is that these new escalators will decrease the disruption of customer’s journeys as the current model previously has.
Further work is planned to be carried out during this year, including the removal of the ticket office that has become redundant, to realign and add additional ticket gates in order to create more space for customers. A deep clean, a fresh lick of paint, an installation of a new floor, a retiling of the walls, and a freshen-up of all of the station’s signage are all in the works to give it its makeover.
Whilst the tube station will be closed for a year, Kentish Town Thameslink station will remain open for the duration of the improvements. Customers have been warned that the closure may disrupt the Thameslink service.
Advising on the closure, Jerry Saunders, Thameslink’s customer service director, said: “Please allow an extra few minutes to get to and from your Thameslink platform as the station will be busier than normal, especially in the evening peak, and the temporary access route is narrower.”
It has also been advised that Thameslink customers must purchase their tickets in advance as the ticket machines won’t be available at Kentish Town station.
Esther Sharples, TfL’s director for asset performance delivery has thanked “customers in advance for their patience”, She adds that adding that “We explored all possible options to keep the Tube station open during this work but safety considerations and space constraints meant it wasn’t feasible.”
Whilst this temporary closure may disturb certain journeys, the purpose is to improve the station for the long term and to give it the improvements it needs to run smoother for its customers. Passengers needing to use the Northern line have been advised by TfL to use Tufnell Park Station, which is a 10-minute walk from Kentish Town Tube Station.
Kentish Town Tube Station will close from June 26. The Thameslink service will continue to run, though it is expected to be busier than usual during this period.