Transport Minister views Victoria tube station upgrade work

7 January 2016  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

On 07 January 2016, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited Victoria tube station exploring work underway on the £700 million improvement project.

Transport Minister views Victoria tube station upgrade work

It is said, once complete, upgrade work at Victoria tube station, carried out by Transport for London, will improve over 2 million journeys a week for commuters coming into London from across the south-east, passengers from three major tube lines and tourists heading to or from Gatwick airport.

The Transport Secretary travelled to the station in the cab of one of the 191 British-built Bombardier trains being rolled out across the tube network. This week saw the addition of the 150th new S-Stock tube train, increasing capacity by as much as 25 percent, improving passenger information and is said to offer significant energy savings. His journey started on a brand new electric bus – part of a growing fleet of greener buses cutting emissions across the capital.

Improvement works at Victoria tube station due for completion in 2018

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “A transformed Victoria will be a world-class hub ensuring quicker, easier journeys for passengers in London and the millions of people across the south of England who travel into the station.

“Carrying out this immense project while millions of people a week pass through this station is an impressive feat of engineering and showcases exactly the sort of high-level skills helping transform our transport network across the country.”

Transport Minister views Victoria tube station upgrade work

According to the Department of Transport, improvement works at Victoria tube station are due to be completed in 2018 with a reduction in congestion and improvement accessibility.

A new underground northern ticket hall at the junction of Bressenden Place and Victoria Street is due to open later this year. The final plans include:

  • a larger southern ticket hall
  • 9 new escalators
  • a new interchange tunnel connecting the 2 ticket halls
  • new lifts increasing step free access

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