The five escalators serving the Piccadilly line, installed in 1973, are life expired and unreliable. As part of our commitment to improve every aspect of the customer experience we are replacing them with brand new escalators. These works are not connected to our planned station capacity upgrade – or to Native Land’s proposals for developing the area around the station. Nearly two-thirds of customers who use the Tube to get to South Kensington travel on the District and Circle lines, and during the escalator replacement works the station will remain open and continue to be served by these lines. However, the Piccadilly line WILL NOT STOP at the station.
Residents are highly unlikely to hear the escalator replacement works themselves as they will take place inside the station walls. However, at various stages we will need to receive deliveries and remove waste from site overnight to help us keep the station open during the day. There may be some minor noise disturbance associated with this, which we will monitor closely. Rest assured we will do all we can to minimise any disruption to our neighbours in the area. We will be sending letters to residents in the area around the station soon, when details of the works are confirmed. Email: