Pictured – Local councillors, Jennette Arnold AM, Cllr Webbe, Cllr Watts, and local residents
Transport for London (TfL) has been forced into a climb down on its proposal to close Caledonian Road Tube Station for 8 months, as a result of Islington Council taking legal action against TfL.
In a letter to Islington Council, TfL has stated it will “withdraw and reconsider” the proposed closure for 8 months after recognising it failed to consider the impact the closure would have on disabled people who use the station, which the Council said they were legally obliged to do.
Local Labour councillors for Holloway and Caledonian wards have welcomed the decision are were joined by local residents at the station on Tuesday to celebrate TfL’s climb down.
Cllr Paul Smith, Holloway ward councillor, said: “This is a great victory as we believe TfL has never before been forced by legal action to stop a proposed temporary station closure.”
Pictured: Holloway ward councillors Rakhia Ismail, Paul Smith, and Diarmaid Ward
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, added: “We welcome TfL’s climb down, which shows the council was correct in starting legal proceedings against the decision to close the station for eight months.
“I want to thank the residents that supported our campaign to make TfL think again.”
A big win but not the end of the fight!
TfL has now been forced to go back to the beginning in considering its options for upgrading the tube station lifts.
Following the Council’s intervention, TfL will have to consider the impacts on people with disabilities in making its decision. Importantly, TfL has agreed to take into account the views of the Council before making a final decision.
Your Labour council will continue to argue strongly that TfL should use common sense and keep the station open by repairing one lift at a time.
Let’s keep up the pressure on TfL so they make the right the decision this time.
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