Canada Water and London Bridge stations in top ten of most closed due to overcrowding

News Desk (29 July, 2016) Transport

London Bridge had to shut 26 times, and Canada Water 25 times in the period of March 2014 to February 2016

1766Overcrowding at Canada Water this morning (pic: Michael Warwa)

Canada Water and London Bridge tube stations were among the top ten most closed due to overcrowding from 2014 to 2016, according to Transport for London figures.

A freedom of information request made the The Evening Standard revealed that in the period from March 2014 to February 2016, London Bridge had to shut 26 times, and Canada Water 25 times.

Councillor Dan Whitehead, Liberal Democrat councillor for Surrey Docks, said: “The survey results back up what many local residents have been saying for years.  The overcrowding at Canada Water during peak hours is getting increasingly serious.

“Before thousands of new homes are approved by the Council in the area, we need practical solutions to the transport issues that Rotherhithe faces.  This includes more buses, a bridge to Canary Wharf and a public ferry service to the north side of the river.

“If the Council doesn’t ensure these projects become a reality soon, the Jubilee Line will come close to collapse.”

British Land is currently proposing to build office space and homes in Canada Water as part of the Canada Water Masterplan, potentially bringing thousands more people to the area.

A TfL spokesperson said: “Record numbers of people are using the Tube, with over 1.3bn passenger journeys last year. London’s success-driven growth means the city’s population is expected to grow from 8.6 million now to 10 million by 2030.

“We have consistently argued that this means that sustained investment needs to be put into modernising and expanding the transport network.

“That is why we have one of the biggest investment programmes in the world. The TfL-run Elizabeth line, which will open in 2018, will serve more than half a million customers a day on a fleet of brand new 200m long trains.

“Our modernisation of signalling on vast parts of the Tube network, new more frequent trains and our rebuilding of stations like Victoria and Bank is also critical. But we also now need to start building Crossrail 2 as soon as possible to relieve Waterloo and enable London to meet growing demand.”

London Underground stations with the most closures due to overcrowding (Mar 2014 – Feb 2016):

  1. Oxford Circus – 219
  2. Bank – 90
  3. Walthamstow Central – 77
  4. Holborn – 55
  5. Finsbury Park – 29
  6. Warren Street – 27
  7. Euston – 26
  8. London Bridge – 26
  9. Canada Water – 25
  10. Green Park – 23

 

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