Brixton Tube Chaos Will Last Until July 2015

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 47 months ago
Brixton Tube Chaos Will Last Until July 2015

Back in October, Brixton commuters faced overcrowding problems. Photo: Owen Llewellyn

Unhappy commuters using Brixton Underground station, who've faced queues and overcrowding this week, can expect the misery to continue until July next year.

Work on one of the station's three escalators this week was meant to be completed by the end of the month, but TfL has now revealed that work will soon begin on the station's other escalators, continuing until next summer.

The work this week has seen crowds building outside the street entrance of the station, with reports of police helping station staff deal with the bottleneck.

This follows at least two days of rush hour delays and similar crowds at the station in October, due to separate incidents of a broken escalator and a passenger breaking their ankle while travelling on the escalator.

TfL is suggesting that passengers use Oval or Stockwell stations as alternatives whilst the work is going on, but one passenger described the bus situation as "bad at the best of times".

Peter McNaught, LU Operations Director, said: “ We have just commenced works to refurbish two of the three escalators at Brixton station. The escalators are over 40 years old and now need to be refurbished to ensure the continued safe operation of the station for the future. To keep the station open  the escalators are being refurbished one at a time, however we appreciate that it is taking longer for customers to enter and exit the station during the morning and evening rush hour.  We have more  staff at the station and additional buses operating between Brixton and Stockwell stations to help customers with their journeys. I would like to apologise for any disruption caused while these works take place, which are due to be completed by Summer 2015.”

Last Updated 21 November 2014