The number of people using Camden Town station jumped 60% in the 10 years to 2015. At peak times congestion means it takes longer to enter, leave and change between trains.
To manage this demand we regularly have to make the station exit-only, hold people outside the ticket hall and implement a one-way passenger system. If we do nothing, this will happen more often.
The station needs to be improved so that it can properly support the vibrant local community and economy.
We believe our customers would benefit from:
A possible site for a new station entrance is Buck Street, between Camden High Street and Kentish Town Road. It would provide more space, as well as three new escalators and two lifts for passengers.
Below ground there would be more circulation space to change between trains. In turn, this would allow future capacity expansion on the Northern line.
A new second entrance would reduce walking distances between the station and the north part of Camden Town, including Camden Lock. The existing station entrance will remain open, both during construction and following the completion of the upgrade works.
During our 2015 consultation on the proposals, 95% of respondents agreed there was a need to create more space in the station. A full report detailing our analysis of the consultation, plus our response to the main issues raised can be found on the Camden Town station capacity upgrade consultation page.
Before the end of 2016 we will consult on development above the proposed new entrance to the station. In 2017 we will hold a public consultation on our designs for the station capacity upgrade proposals. These have been developed further since our consultation in 2015.
Once we have analysed the results from our various consultations and developed our plans more, we hope to apply for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) in late 2017 to do the work needed. If granted, it will give us powers to construct the new station entrance from 2019.