"Commuters have been warned to expect severe delays on some London Underground lines over the next year as billions of pounds worth of improvements begin." say the Standard
"The improvement works will inevitably result in some disruption for passengers, but information and alternative travel options will be available." say the London Underground.
"Starting next month, sections of the Northern line will be closed virtually every weekend for the rest of 2006 and the Waterloo & City lines will be closed for five months from April 1. And about 50 stations will have improvement works." say the Standard.
"We recognise that the Northern Line's performance is not as we would like, but we are looking forward to Tube Lines taking this opportunity to accelerate the amount of track renewal work undertaken." said the Service Director from the London Underground.
Unfortunately, as commuters we have to grin and bear it, as there's no other way for improvements to be made to the system. As London Underground say, if you're travelling at weekends check out the Tube's website at www.tfl.gov.uk/tubeworks before travelling.
However, every Monday the Tube will be issuing a Transforming the Tube media bulletin, which will "summarise all the forthcoming weekend's work and provide links to more detailed information." - such as this schedule of station closures for the next six months.
The main disruptions include - Regent's Park station on the Bakerloo Line being closed for a year from July 2006, for modernisation and lift replacement works; 15 weekend closures on the Central Line from April; major closures each weekend on the Northern Line from April, partial suspension on the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines for about six weekends from November 2006; more closures on the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town to Uxbridge and Cockfosters to Wood Green / Arnos Grove closures from May and just in case you thought the Victoria Line had escaped, Brixton station will be closed and the line will terminate at Stockwell from 8 to 17 April 2006 and there will also be 15 track closures at the northern end of the line. Currently the Jubilee Line looks like the only line with no weekend disruptions or closures!