Lambeth North tube station is to close for seven months while the lifts which take passengers to and from platform level are replaced.
As anyone who regularly uses the station will attest, the 30-year-old lifts frequently break down, causing huge frustration to travellers.
London Underground says it looked at the option of replacing the lifts one at a time and keeping the station open. But, it found that leaving one lift working would lead to more people using it, putting the lift under greater stress and increasing the likelihood of it breaking down.
The spiral stairs can't be used instead, as there are around 100 steps, and they are too narrow for a two-way flow of people.
The station will close from 13 July to mid-February, during which time people are advised to use neighbouring stations — Waterloo, Elephant & Castle, and Southwark — or one of the 10 different bus routes connecting passengers to a number of locations, including alternative London Underground stations.