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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Shepherd's Bush Tube closed for 8 months

Good luck on your new journey, if you're one of the 20,000 daily commuters who use Shepherd's Bush station on the Central Line. From 2nd February the station will be closed for eight months while the 80 year escalators are replaced and a larger ticket hall is constructed.


London Underground said that escalators can't be installed without a full closure. However, local businesses & residents are pissed off as the escalators were not due to be replaced for four years, by which time all of the extra transport modernisation & additions around that area would have meant the closure wouldn't have had such an impact.

Although I live in West London, I don't use the Bush Central Line station a lot and probably use the one on the Hammersmith & City Line (ten minutes walk away) much more. I'm sure some people are going to say, "Typical Londoners moaning about having an extra 10 minute walk to a neighbouring station". But it's more than that. That Ham & City station is going to be bursting, it'll effect people's journeys who get on later down that line, plus interchanges are going to be a lot busier.

Shepherd's Bush Upgrade by Drew Post

Andrew Slaughter, Labour MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush, described the station's closure as "unprecedented". He told the BBC: "This is a classic case of big corporations doing the dirty on the little guy - both local independent businesses and the thousands of commuters who use this station every day".

I'd be interested in hearing your views on the closure, particularly if you regularly use that station. Plus if you want a reminder of what the station looked like on its last day check out Drew Post's gallery.

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