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Tube Victoria Underground station upgrade

Victoria Underground station will be rebuilt to accommodate greater passenger flows.

Impression of the new Bressenden Place ticket hall
Impression of the new Bressenden Place ticket hall from TfL (where a large version is available)

Victoria Underground station is the busiest on the network, at 76.5 million passenger journeys per annum. It is now unable to cope with the number of passengers using it during peak periods, and often has to close temporarily because of overcrowding issues. These closures now occur routinely (up to five times a day) as thousands of passengers arrive on commuter trains within minutes of each other, leading to congestion at access points to the Victoria line.

The overcrowding is caused by two issues - one is the capacity of the Underground services calling at the station (with the Victoria line having the most difficulty dealing with demand), and the second is the maximum possible flow of passengers through the station itself.

The line capacity issue will be addressed by a planned upgrade to the Victoria line which will boost the "capability" (i.e. capacity) of the line by 14% by 2013. Frequency will increase by four or five trains per hour.

To coincide with this improvement, the station itself will be upgraded at a cost of 500m. The size of the station will be increased by 50%; this will be achieved through the creation of an additional entrance at the junction of Bressenden Place and Victoria Street, and a new ticket hall beneath Bressenden Place to the northeast of the current station (see a diagram or a detailed map (PDF)). The existing ticket hall beneath Terminus Place would be expanded.

New escalators will be constructed from the Bressenden Place ticket hall to the Victoria line platforms, to relieve the existing groups (to the District line and to the existing ticket hall). A new passageway will link the new ticket hall with the District and Circle platforms and the existing ticket hall. Step-free access will also be introduced to all lines for the first time through provision of new lifts.

Whilst passengers from the western, Southern Railway part of the mainline station will continue to use the existing access route, passengers arriving on Kent trains at the eastern part of the mainline station will be directed through the new subsurface passageway to the new ticket hall, thus eventually arriving at the far end of the Victoria line platforms from Southern passengers, who will have already boarded a train by the time Southeastern passengers reach the platforms.

TfL will hold a public exhibition of the proposals in October 2006, having applied for planning permissions for the Bressenden Place part of the scheme in June 2006. Transport & Works Act powers will be applied for in February 2007, with the aim of starting construction in spring 2009 and opening by April 2013. Most heavy construction would be complete in advance of the Olympics in 2012, and other construction works would be halted during that period.

The scheme has a benefit-cost ratio of 8:1 thanks mainly to the time savings accruing to passengers.


No current news for this project.

Links & Sources

  1. TfL project page
  2. TfL press release
  3. TfL image gallery containing impressions of upgraded station
  4. London Travelwatch: minutes of May 2006 meeting including notes on TfL presentation

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