Victoria Station upgrade deferred

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3291
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

London Underground have announced that the Victoria Station upgrade will now not be completed until 2018. Is this further evidence that the public sector cannot cope with the Tube upgrades programme ?

Answer

Answer for Victoria Station upgrade deferred

Answer for Victoria Station upgrade deferred

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) fully recognises the importance of the upgrade of Victoria station and it remains a key priority.

TfL is however seeing both a loss in revenue due to the current economic climate as well as increased costs with the impact of the Metronet collapse. In this context, there is a need to achieve significant cost reductions, necessitating some difficult decisions.

Accordingly, as part of the package of changes confirmed in TfL's Business Plan published last month, the Victoria Station Upgrade will now be delivered in phases to limit the spend on the project over the next three years. There will be no reduction in the scope of the project with all planned customer benefits being delivered and construction will start in 2011 with the new northern ticket hall (in Cardinal Place).

This is forecast to be open to the public by summer 2016, giving direct access to the Victoria line platforms from the north side of Victoria Street, as well as step-free access between street, ticket hall and platform levels.

The remainder of the station upgrade will be completed by 2018, including an enlarged southern ticket hall, improved interchange between the Victoria and District & Circle lines, and step-free access to the mainline station.

In the interim, preparatory works for the main scheme are progressing well. The planned utilities diversions, in advance of the main works, are well underway and due for completion by Autumn next year. We have also completed a major programme of asbestos removal at the station and started work on an upgrade of the main ticket office which is scheduled for completion in summer 2010.