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Kentish Town tube closes for improvements

Kentish Town tube station closed today for up to a year, in order for improvements to be carried out.

The vital work will see the two escalators – each 26 years old– replaced with new state-of-the-art machines.

The improvements are hoped to offer customers better journeys and should help lessen future disruption.

Esther Sharples TfL’s Director of Asset Performance Delivery: “We are using the opportunity while the station is closed to make many other improvements which will make the station more spacious, easier to use and more welcoming for our customers.”

The new escalators are expected to last for around 40 years and will be the same model as those used on the Elizabeth line.

Sharples apologised to those whose journeys would be affected and thanked them for their patience.

Customers will be able to use the nearby Kentish Town Thameslink, as well as Tufnell Park tube station and local bus routes.

TfL is advising customers to use one of the following travel options:

Tube / Rail 

  • Walk or use local bus services to Tufnell Park Tube station (0.8 kilometres) for Northern line services.
  • Use Thameslink services from Kentish Town station (and change at St Pancras International for King’s Cross St Pancras.) 
  • Camden Town station frequently becomes exit only to help manage crowding. Customers are advised to use this station when returning on Northern line services as an alternative to Tufnell Park station.


  • Customers travelling northbound can use local bus route 134 towards Tufnell Park. 
  • Customers travelling southbound can use local bus routes 88, 134 and 214 towards Camden Town station or alternatively local bus route 393 to Chalk Farm Tube station.

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