Colindale Tube station is gearing up for a significant transformation over the next year. As part of a major upgrade initiative, the station is slated for closure from Friday, 7th June until December 2024.
The renovation aims to enhance accessibility by introducing step-free access for the first time in the station’s history.
The comprehensive upgrade entails various structural changes, including the removal of the existing canopy and staircases, and the installation of new staircases. This refurbishment project marks a pivotal step towards modernising Colindale station and accommodating its growing passenger influx.
During the closure, commuters are advised to utilise alternative transport routes, such as local bus services to nearby Northern line stations like Burnt Oak or Hendon Central. Additionally, options like Kingsbury for the Jubilee line or Thameslink services at Mill Hill Broadway provide alternative travel routes for affected passengers.
Upon completion of the refurbishment, a temporary pedestrian passageway will be set up to facilitate access to the platforms via the existing ticket hall and new staircases. This interim measure aims to alleviate inconvenience for passengers until the station upgrade is finalised in autumn 2025.
The upgrade project, funded by the Government’s Levelling Up Fund alongside contributions from Barnet Council, local developers, and TfL, signifies a collaborative effort to improve London’s transportation infrastructure.
In addition to the station closure, planned track closures of the Northern line between Golders Green and Edgware are scheduled between April and July. These closures are essential to facilitate the upgrade works, ensuring the safety and efficiency of construction activities near the tracks.
The redevelopment of Colindale Tube station holds broader significance for the community, particularly in addressing housing needs. With the area experiencing rapid population growth, the upgraded station is poised to support the construction of 11,400 new homes, catering to the evolving needs of local residents.
David Rowe, TfL’s Director of Investment Delivery Planning, said: “The major upgrade of Colindale station is set to transform the journeys of many thousands of our customers, making the station more accessible and welcoming, and ensuring it’s fit to serve this rapidly growing community for many decades to come. I appreciate that this upgrade will cause some disruption for our customers but we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that, through our detailed travel advice, they can plan ahead and are able to complete their journeys using the public transport network.”
Cllr Barry Rawlings, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “Colindale is one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in London, with a population that has expanded by 70 per cent over the last 10 years. The redevelopment of the Tube station is desperately needed as it reaches capacity by 2026 and, left undone, will stifle our plans to further regenerate the area.
“However, it does mean that TfL will need to close the station while the works take place. Although we appreciate this is the only viable option, we recognise the inconvenience this will cause to those of us who depend on it. Barnet Council will work with TfL to ensure station users will be provided with alternative travel routes and as much advance notice of closures as possible and we look forward to seeing the new, larger, fully accessible station next year.”