Colindale and Northern line works

We are carrying out work which will provide step-free access and a larger ticket hall at Colindale Tube station. For more details of these improvements, see our project page for Colindale station step-free access.

We need to:

  • Close Colindale station from Friday 7 June until December 2024
  • Carry out a series of partial closures of the Northern line between Golders Green and Edgware

This webpage will be updated regularly.

Colindale station - temporary closure

  • Colindale station will be closed from Friday 7 June 2024
  • It will re-open in December 2024
  • During the closure, trains will not stop at Colindale Tube station
  • During the closure, we are advising people to use buses to connect with nearby Northern line and Thameslink stations


Use local buses or the additional bus route NL6 for nearby stations.

These buses stop at Tube and Thameslink stations nearby:

  • 204 - Burnt Oak (Northern line) and Kingsbury (Jubilee line)
  • 186 - Hendon Central (Northern line) and Mill Hill Broadway (Thameslink)
  • 303 - Kingsbury (Jubilee line) and Mill Hill Broadway (Thameslink)
  • 324 - Hendon Central (Northern line) and Kingsbury (Jubilee line)
  • 142 - Hendon (Thameslink)
  • 32 - Hendon (Thameslink)
  • 183 - Hendon (Thameslink)
  • NL6 - Colindale (Northern line - closed) - Hendon Central (Northern line)

Bus route NL6 

  • NL6 will run every 15 minutes on weekdays at peak times between Colindale and Hendon Central stations
  • All journeys on route NL6 will be free of charge
  • From Colindale, NL6 buses will start outside 121 Colindale Avenue, stop at Aerodrome Road / Colindale Gardens, and terminate at Hendon Central station (Stop G)
  • Towards Colindale, NL6 buses will start at Stop E opposite Hendon Central station, stop at Aerodrome Road / Colindale Gardens, and terminate at Stop CA opposite Colindale station


  • On bus route 186, the bus fare will be refunded automatically if you are travelling between Mill Hill Broadway and Hendon Central when using Contactless or Oyster cards and after touching in or out at one of these 2 stations
  • All journeys on the NL6 will be free of charge
  • Normal TfL and Thameslink fares will apply on all other routes
  • Oyster top-ups or ticket machines will not be available at Colindale station during the closure.  If you need to buy or top-up your Oyster card, use nearby Oyster ticket stops or Tube and rail stations
  • Using a contactless card or mobile device for adult rate pay as you go travel also includes daily and weekly fare capping

Northern line part closures

There will be a series of part closures of the Northern line between Golders Green and Edgware in 2024.

During the closures, there will be no Tube service to or from Brent Cross, Hendon Central, Colindale, Burnt Oak or Edgware stations.

Southbound services from Golders Green are not affected and are expected to continue as normal throughout the track closures.

During the closure, it may be quickest to take local bus services to Jubilee line or Thameslink stations for journeys into central London. See below for more information.

Closure dates

The dates for these closures are:

June (weekends)

  • Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June
  • Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June


  • Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 July

Local buses to the Jubilee line

It may be quicker to travel via the Jubilee line on these buses:

  • 79, 186 and 340 serve the Edgware area and Canons Park station
  • 114 serves the Burnt Oak area and Queensbury station
  • 204 and 303 serve the Colindale area and Kingsbury station

Local buses to Thameslink services

  • There are Thameslink services to and from Mill Hill Broadway and Hendon stations
  • Central London destinations include King's Cross-St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink (for St Paul's), Blackfriars, London Bridge, and Elephant & Castle
  • Buses 114, 186, 221, 240, 251, 302 and 303 serve Mill Hill Broadway station
  • Buses 32, 83 and 183 serve Hendon station
  • Thameslink fares apply
  • You cannot change to the Northern line at Kentish Town Tube station - it is closed until September  2024
  • Engineering works may affect your journey - plan ahead

Temporary buses

  • Rail replacement bus service NL1 will run between Golders Green and Canons Park (for Jubilee line) stations during the Northern line part closures
  • It will stop at Golders Green, Golders Green Road (for Brent Cross), Hendon Central, Colindale, Burnt Oak and Edgware stations (all Northern line)
  • All journeys on the NL1 will be free of charge
  • Overnight, buses will run on routes N5 and the NL1 which stop at or near all Northern line stations on the Edgware branch
  • For Brent Cross, take local bus routes 83, 183, 210, or 240 to/from Golders Green station. Customers travelling to/from north of Brent Cross using the NL1 should use stops on Golders Green Road at Limes Avenue (northbound stop C) or Highfield Avenue (southbound stop P)
  • At Colindale station, northbound NL1 buses (towards Canons Park via Edgware) will stop at Colindale station (Stop CA). Southbound NL1 (towards Golders Green) will stop near 121 Colindale Avenue. This is west of the Tube station
  • At Colindale station, NL1 will also stop at Aerodrome Road/Colindale Gardens in both directions. This is east of the Tube station
  • At Edgware station, northbound NL1 (towards Canons Park) will stop on Hale Lane/Edgware Library (Stop M) and on Station Road (Stop L)

Step-free travel during the part line closure

  • Existing and temporary TfL bus services offer full step-free access
  • There is step-free interchange between Tube services and buses at Golders Green on the Northern line and Kingsbury on the Jubilee line

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