Thursday, January 21News For London

Tottenham Court Road station opens after year-long closure

Central Line trains are stopping at Tottenham Court Road again as of today following a year-long upgrade to the station.

The trains haven’t stopped at Tottenham Court Road since last December, forcing passengers to use nearby Oxford Circus station instead.

Passengers were kept away in order to complete a £500 million upgrade, which includes a new 15m tall entrance, ticket hall and connections to the station’s new Crossrail platforms.

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Around 150,000 passengers pass through Tottenham Court Road every day. Many used Oxford Circus station during the closure, just half a mile away and also on the Central Line.

This extra traffic caused overcrowding at Oxford Circus, forcing staff to close the station 111 times in the twelve months to October, or once every three days, TfL told Westminster News.

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David Waboso, London Underground’s Capital Programmes Director, thanked Tube customers “for their patience” while the “vital work” at Tottenham Court Road was carried out.

Central Line commuters welcomed the news this morning.