Colindale Station improvements to begin in spring 2024

A new entrance and step-free access to come after Levelling Up funding agreed

The current entrance to Colindale station
The current entrance to Colindale station

Work to improve Colindale station will begin in 2024 following an announcement that the government has now released funding for its redevelopment to provide step-free access and increase capacity.

The redevelopment will increase the number of people the station can cope with and create step-free access, making the station less crowded.

Transport for London (TfL) has welcomed confirmation from the Government that £43.1m from the Levelling Up Fund has been allocated to the upgrade of Colindale and Leyton Tube stations, meaning both stations will become step-free for the first time.

It follows the announcement from the Department of Transport (DfT) in January 2023 that it would provisionally provide the funding, subject to TfL submitting a Full Business Case for both schemes.

TfL can now go ahead with letting the construction contract before the end of this year for the rebuilding of Colindale station which, in its current state, was projected to reach passenger capacity by 2026. Under the plans, the 1960s-built entrance will be replaced with a new, landmark station building which includes a spacious ticket hall and a lift which will deliver step-free access at the station for the first time. Work is expected to start in early 2024.

The work will require the partial closures of the Northern Line between Edgware and Golders Green for ten days from Tuesday 2 April until Thursday 11 April 2024. This is to enable work that can only take place when trains are not running. Services on the Northern Line will run as normal until then as preparatory works get underway.

Barnet Council Leader Cllr Barry Rawlings said: “It’s great that Colindale residents will be getting an upgraded Tube station that can handle increased demand in the area and will provide step-free access.

“The awarding of Levelling Up funding is a welcome New Year present for local residents and visitors. The Colindale Tube station redevelopment scheme is precisely the kind of project Levelling Up should support, to boost house building and spread opportunity for so many living in one of the capital’s most deprived areas. Better transport links means better jobs and better pay.”

According to Barnet Council, a temporary closure of Colindale station is expected to start in summer 2024 and last until the end of autumn. Exact dates will be confirmed by TfL.

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