Parts of the Circle and District London Underground lines are due to close for nine days from Wednesday 4 – Friday 13 August, while Transport for London carry out essential track maintenance.
Chiswick stations: Chiswick Park, Turnham Green, Stamford Brook and Gunnersbury will remain open, but passengers travelling further than Earl’s Court after 7 August will have to change lines to continue their journeys.
From 4 – 13 August there will be no service between Edgware Road and Aldgate via Victoria on the Circle line and from Earl’s Court to Aldgate East on the District line. From the weekend of 7 and 8 August onward, the planned closure on the District line will also be extended west from Earl’s Court to Hammersmith, Kensington Olympia, Wimbledon and Edgware Road. Full service is planned to resume on Friday 13 August.
Image above: a Circle and District line train
TfL ‘sorry’ for disruption but work is ‘vital’
Esther Sharples, Director of Asset Performance and Capital Delivery at TfL, said:
“We are sorry for the disruption that this vital work will cause to our Circle and District line customers. It is not a decision we have taken lightly, but this carrying out this vital and safety-critical work in one closure will mean we are able to reduce overall disruption. We will also be carrying out other maintenance and improvement work to make sure we do all we can to minimise future disruption. Customers should check the TfL website before they travel, where they will be able to find alternative options to complete journeys.”
Over the nine-day closure, TfL will undertake engineering works around Embankment station. This includes completely removing the outdated long timber track at the station and replacing it with concrete slab track, which involves pumping over 100 tonnes of concrete from the road level. This is intended to provide better journeys with greater reliability. Further work, including replacing and packing ballast underneath the track, will help facilitate faster train speeds and reduced journey times.
Travel advice for the period will be found on the TfL Go app, or on TfL’s website. A dedicated travel advice page for this closure is available here: tfl.gov.uk/circle-district
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