Holborn station entrance

At the busiest times, large numbers of customers are trying to get into and out of the station, as well as changing between the Central and Piccadilly lines. Everyone who uses the station currently has to pass through a single point at the bottom of the main escalators.

During the evening peak, we often have to hold people outside the ticket gates, sometimes for as long as 20 minutes. Demand is set to increase and if we do nothing, these issues will become worse.

We believe our customers would benefit from:

  • A new second entrance and exit to the station
  • More escalators
  • Step-free access
  • More space to change between trains

These improvements would help to stimulate the local economy and generate growth in Camden Council's Holborn Growth Area. Plans for the area include 2,000 new jobs and 200 new homes.

Local meetings

We worked with Bee Midtown (the local Business Improvement District) to hold three engagement sessions in early March 2017. Local stakeholders, businesses and residents were invited.

Public consultation

We held a first public consultation on our proposals in late 2017. Our reports on the consultation are on the Holborn station capacity improvements consultation page.

In 2020 we will consult on how the proposed new station entrance will be built and how we will manage the impact of construction.

After that, we hope to apply to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) - permission to do the work - in 2022. Once started, the work will take about six years.

For more information, email holbornstationupgrade@tfl.gov.uk.