Transport for London announced that 98% of respondents agreed with the need to upgrade Holborn Tube station 96% supported TfL’s proposals.
The project envisages the construction of a new second station entrance and exit at the southern end of Procter Street. The installation of eight new escalators and three lifts would enable step-free access from street to trains, which would significantly improve accessibility for older and disabled people, as well as parents or carers with buggies. The proposals also include turning a disused Aldwych line platform into a new concourse for Piccadilly line customers – creating more space and making journeys more comfortable.
Holborn is one of the busiest Underground stations, with around 56 million customers using it each year. Everyone who uses the station currently has to pass through a single point at the bottom of the main escalators, which causes overcrowding and makes it necessary to hold people outside the ticket gates.
The capacity upgrade aims to reduce congestion and relieve pressure on the existing Kingsway entrance as well as support future plans to increase the number of trains on the Central and Piccadilly lines.
TfL plan a further consultation in 2020 on how the proposed new station entrance will be built and how it will manage the impacts of construction for passengers