Northern Line in Clapham (2)

MQT on 2007-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2007
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I appreciate that the Cross River Tram project will relieve some passenger congestion on the Northern Line north of the Oval. However, passengers complain that at morning rush hour it is frequently impossible to get into the stations at Clapham South, Common and North as stations are closed for safety reasons. Can TfL:- a) examine the prospects for providing additional express bus capacity in parallel with the Northern Line and take the pressure off the tube and b) undertake to provide information to passengers 'locked out' of stations during congested periods so that they can decide whether to wait or to attempt to continue their journey by another route? At the moment passengers complain that they are left 'in the dark' about how long they may need to wait.


Answer for Northern Line in Clapham (2)

Answer for Northern Line in Clapham (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

a) Route 155 parallels the Northern Line from Tooting Broadway to Elephant and Castle and serves all three of the above stations. It uses double deck buses and runs at high frequencies throughout the day. Passengers may interchange at Elephant to other routes towards London Bridge and the City. TfL keeps service capacity under regular review however at the present time there is no justification for additional bus capacity on this route. b) London Underground agrees that it must find ways to improve the provision of information to customers temporarily denied access due to the operation of station control measures during peak periods at Clapham Common station and LU is currently reviewing possible options, given the current technology. The findings of the review will also inform any changes to information provision at Clapham South and Clapham North stations. LU is also looking to introduce timetable changes as a means of reducing the number of occasions the station has to close as a result of congestion. The timetable is planned for introduction in early 2008.