Which London stations are shut or closing soon? Your Tube and train travel guide

The cause of the delay in reopening Kentish Town Underground station has been revealed.

The Northern Line Tube stop closed in June last year, so that upgrades on the station's 26-year-old escalators could be carried out.

The work was due to be completed by early summer 2024, but reopening was pushed to September after TfL "identified assets that require essential repair".

Conservative mayoral candidate Susan Hall had written to the Labour mayor Sadiq Khan seeking answers about the delay she described as “absurd”.

In her letter, she said: “To close the station for more than a year in the first place, to replace two escalators and carry out basic maintenance work, seems mindbogglingly lengthy and to extend that further with such little detail or reassurance is unacceptable.

“With the further inconvenience of nearby Tube stations regularly having to close due to overcrowding, alongside the extended closure of local bus stops, the range of public transport options available for residents are seriously lacking, not least for women who are now having to walk much longer distances home in the dark after work."

A spokesperson said: “The two escalators at Kentish Town are in urgent need of replacement due to their poor condition and performance. We are also removing the redundant ticket office, realigning the ticket barriers to provide more space for customers, and installing more ticket gates, better signage and new tiling.

“Once we've completed the works, customers will see an improvement in reliability, avoiding short-notice closures.”

The Piccadilly Line is set to close later this year as part of TfL upgrade plans, with £2.9bn expected to be spent on the project, and the upgrades will see new trains and a fresh look.

The first of the new trains for Piccadilly will arrive in London this year for testing before being properly introduced in 2025.

Here is a complete list of Tube stations that will not be running at full service in the months ahead.

It has not yet been confirmed when the line will be shut
It has not yet been confirmed when the line will be shut

Piccadilly Line

The Piccadilly Line will be shut as it undergoes upgrades for new trains and a new look.

TfL has not decided when the service will shut.

Mayor Khan told the London Assembly: "In preparing for the new Piccadilly Line trains, there will be closures on the line for both infrastructure enhancements and testing the new trains. The dates of these closures are being agreed at the moment.

"An integrated customer communications plan is also being developed. Customers can sign up for email updates related to closures on the TfL website"

Colindale Station, part of Northern Line

An artist’s impression for how Colindale station will look (TfL)
An artist’s impression for how Colindale station will look (TfL)

Beginning on Friday, June 7 and lasting until December, Colindale station will be closed for a significant capacity expansion that will involve the installation of step-free access.

In order to complete the work, the top portion of the Northern Line's Edgware branch, which runs between Golders Green and Edgware, will also be closed several times between April and July.

Customers are encouraged to use the bus to Burnt Oak or Hendon Central stations during the closure, or to Kingsbury in order to access the Jubilee Line. As an alternative, customers can go to Hendon or Mill Hill Broadway to board a Thameslink train.

Escalator repair work is being made at Kentish Town (Nick Moore / Alamy / PA)
Escalator repair work is being made at Kentish Town (Nick Moore / Alamy / PA)

Kentish Town station, part of Northern Line

While station upgrades, including the replacement of escalators, are being carried out, Kentish Town station will be closed and Northern Line trains will not stop there until after the summer.

TFL said due to other “unrelated work” that needs to be carried out at the station, Kentish Town will not be in use until September. Other maintenance repairs that will be carried out include deep cleaning of the station, painting and installing new floor and wall tiling.

Central Line

Londoners may have noticed a reduced service on the Central Line since November 2023.

It’s not clear when Central Line services will return to normal, with trains now running every 15 minutes. There is crowding on the London Tube's longest line as a result of the 15-minute delays.

Due to a persistent lack of trains, the line has occasionally only been able to run around half of the 78 trains needed to run a peak service.

TFL says the disruptions are likely to continue for weeks, but they are trying to remedy the situation as quickly as they can. TfL commissioner Andy Lord acknowledged that a lack of money for frequent "heavy overhauls" over the past few years may cause the shortfall of trains to spread to other lines, including the Bakerloo, Northern, and Piccadilly, before its new trains arrive in 2025.