Cally tube lift work completed
21 July, 2017 — By Koos Couvée
Councillor Claudia Webbe
COUNCIL chiefs have welcomed the completion of works at Caledonian Road tube station to replace the ageing lifts.
Transport for London (TfL) had initially planned to close the station completely for eight months from January last year so both lifts could be replaced at the same time.
However, faced with the prospect of massive disruption to residents and businesses, and problems particularly for residents with disabilities and mobility issues, Holloway councillors launched a petition against the closure, while the Town Hall threatened TfL with legal action.
Transport chiefs changed tack and agreed with Islington Council that the station could remain open while the lifts were replaced on after the other – leaving one lift in operation throughout.
The works have now been completed.
Councillor Claudia Webbe, Islington’s transport chief, said: “I am really proud that we were able to work together to not only keep the station open, but that we secured agreement from TfL that they had to consider the impact of station closures from an equalities perspective in future. That’s a big change that will make a difference for many people.”