Caledonian Road Tube station will no longer shut for 8 months after TfL U-turn
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Caledonian Road Tube station will remain open while its lifts are repaired, Transport for London has announced, after Islington Council launched legal action against the authority.
TfL had originally proposed in December to close the station for eight months so both its lifts could be worked on at once.
Islington Council had raised concerns about the impact of closing the step-free station on disabled people and other residents.
But TfL has now confirmed a revised plan for the works, which will see the lifts repaired one after the other over an 18-month period so the station can remain open throughout.
Opposition to TfL’s plans has been fierce, with a petition against the closure clocking up over 7,000 signatures to date.
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The council today welcomed the news.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, the council’s transport boss, said: “This is good news for everyone who relies on the station – especially for older and disabled residents, and also surrounding businesses, which faced a dramatic drop in trade.
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“I’d like to thank TfL for making this decision, which is the right one for our community and means this important work can go ahead with much less disruption.”