Major work to replace all four lifts at Covent Garden Tube station has been completed on schedule. This means that London Underground (LU) customers can now use the Tube station as normal (it is no longer exit only) and westbound Piccadilly line trains are stopping at the station again at weekends.
The lifts were replaced two at a time with the first two new lifts opening in November 2014. The remaining two are now available for customers to use.
The four new lifts - which replaced ones that were 25 years old - provide a 25 per cent increase in customer capacity because they're quicker and utilise larger lift cars. They are also more energy efficient, contributing towards Transport for London's (TfL's) commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of London Underground stations.
Steve Griffiths, London Underground's Chief Operating Officer, said: `I thank customers for their patience while this complex work took place. The new lifts at Covent Garden are bigger, quicker and more reliable, making journeys at the station easier and more comfortable.'
Engineers were required to completely remove the old lift cars and replace all of the structural, mechanical and electrical parts. The steel structure within the lift shaft was also modified, which added to the complexity of the project.
The station will still on occasion be restricted to exit-only during exceptionally busy periods