Transport for London (TfL) have announced plans to replace the two lifts at Caledonian Road tube station, which will result in the closure of the station for 8 months from March 14th 2016 until the end of 2016.
Your Islington Council has written to the Mayor of London as the Chair of TfL, calling upon him to reverse the decision to close the station as it can be kept open by replacing one lift at a time.
The good news is that we have TfL on the run. Under pressure they have:
- moved back the station closure to March 14th,
- admitted that the station can easily be kept open by repairing one lift at a time.
The report that went to the TfL board shows that the reason TfL chose to close the station for 8 months was to save themselves £524,000, an 11% saving on the project cost, even though they estimated that cost to the travelling public would be £4,297,000.
TfL took no account of the broader needs of the travelling public who own TfL. They did not consider the impracticality of putting extra buses on Caledonian Road, travel for the disabled or Arsenal Match day plans.