Holborn and Camden Town tube

MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Holborn and Camden Town tube stations are massively overcrowded and not fit for purpose. Both stations are in the TfL business plan for upgrade in the years ahead (finishing in the 2020s I think) but I understand that there are funding and design problems that are unresolved. These upgrades are very important to local people and visitors - the stations are regularly closed due to overcrowding. What guarantees will you giveĀ  that the funding and design issues are resolved and can the changes be brought forward in light of the urgency?


Answer for Holborn and Camden Town tube

Answer for Holborn and Camden Town tube

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I can assure you that TfL is actively developing improvement plans for both stations and funding is allocated within TfL's business plan to deliver them by the mid-2020s.

Many of the design and planning issues involved in upgrades such as these are reliant on local authority and Secretary of State approval. A previous scheme to upgrade Camden Town was not progressed in 2005, following the local authority's rejection of the planning application and a subsequent public inquiry.

Due to their scope and complexity, the projects at Camden and Holborn Town will require TfL to submit a Transport and Works Act Order application and in advance of these applications full public consultations will be conducted. TfL is currently in productive dialogue with Camden council to progress these station upgrades.

Both projects are part of TfL's carefully sequenced programme of major station modernisations. As works finish at locations such as Tottenham Court Road and Victoria in the next few years, TfL will move established teams directly on to future station projects, ensuring that important experience and skills are retained.