Camden Town capacity upgrade
2018 Business Plan update
Our December 2018 update to the Business Plan put the upgrade project for Camden Town station on hold until suitable capital funding is available.
We have made significant progress on the project, including developing the scheme proposals, carrying out public consultation and protecting the scheme by buying land. This will enable us to consider other options including potential third party investment to take the scheme further.
We will continue to make the case for long-term, steady and sustained investment to ensure critical infrastructure projects such as Camden Town and Holborn can continue.
The number of people using Camden Town station is increasing - weekday demand has risen by 45% over the last ten years. 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 new second entrance and exit to the station
- More escalators
- Step-free access from the street to trains
- More space to change between trains
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.
Our proposals do not involve any changes to the Electric Ballroom, Camden Market or Trinity United Reformed Church, and we will preserve the existing station.
- In summer 2017, we ran a second consultation on our proposals to upgrade the capacity of the station. 97% of respondents supported our proposal
- During our first consultation on the proposals in 2015, 95% of respondents agreed there was a need to create more space in the station
- In early 2017 we consulted on a development project above and around a new entrance proposed for Camden Town station at Buck Street. Overall, comments on these were positive