Finally! Camden Town Tube Station Upgrade Plans Are Released

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 28 months ago
Finally! Camden Town Tube Station Upgrade Plans Are Released
Artist's impression of the new station entrance, as seen from Kentish Town Road.

Camden Town tube station is just the worst. We can all agree on this. So it's with great joy we bring you news of Transport for London's (TfL) plan to sort it all out.

Talk of 'upgrading' Camden Town has been going on for at least 13 years, to our dim and distant memory; though thankfully this one doesn't involve knocking down the Electric Ballroom. Under these plans, there'll be a second station entrance and exit in Buck Street, on the site of a school that's moving out. Three new escalators will be installed; a new, wide concourse at the bottom of this new entrance would allow more space to change trains (finally); and those with mobility difficulties will be pleased to hear that Camden Town would be step-free. The current exit and entrance would remain in use, though why anyone would choose to use that crammed and hideous passageway, other than tradition, is beyond us.

The plans are open for consultation until 11 December and TfL expects there to be a public enquiry before the government grants permission (or not). Work wouldn't start until 2019 and finish before 2023. If there's a better argument for London's independence from Whitehall, we're yet to hear it.

Artist's impression of the new concourse.

Last Updated 13 October 2015

Jimmy W

By the time this work is (or isn't) done, the majority of people living in London now won't give a crap as they will have all moved out to the suburbs because they can't afford to live anywhere in London.

Greg Tingey

SOONER!
And Holborn, too ....

hostile_17

Good that it'd require less demolition of the local area... but 18 years away. Eesh. I admire the TFL team for always thinking that far ahead, because the urge is "WE WANT IT NOW!"

And anything we can do to preserve the beautiful Leslie Green stations the better.

I thought the wider scale destruction was so they could split the Northern Lines though... I wonder if that's still the plan.

The only thing that worries me is they seem to have gotten ridden of one large swathe of market, and there's HS2 shenanigans... and if they lose more market that would probably stop tourists going there anyway and the traffic would surely subside significantly.