Kentish Town station closure

Why we're doing the work

The station's two escalators need to be replaced to improve customer reliability.

These escalators are the poorest performing on the Tube network. They often cause last-minute station closures and disruption for customers. We're also having trouble finding spare parts for the existing escalators, which are 26 years old and now obsolete.

We explored all possible options for how the station could stay open during the works. But for safety and space reasons, this was not possible.

Until the escalators are replaced, the station is at high risk of short-notice closures. 

What we're doing

We're replacing the station's two aging escalators with modern machines. These are used across the TfL network, including the Elizabeth line.

This will make sourcing parts easier. And the new machines are expected to last around 40 years.

We're also making the following improvements:

  • Removing the redundant ticket office and realigning the ticket barriers. This will allow more space and ticket gates for customers
  • Painting and deep cleaning the station
  • Installing new floor and wall tiling
  • Improving signage

Project updates

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Alternative routes

For help planning your journey around Kentish Town, check our Kentish Town travel advice page.