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District and Piccadilly Lines Maintenance

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Both District and Piccadilly Lines were closed for maintenance on the weekend of the 15th/16th February. Rail replacement buses stopped at Wimbledon, with those who wanted to head into South Kensington advised to take the irregular, single deck C1 bus. In retrospect, do you consider this was acceptable? What would you do differently in the future?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

During this partial closure of the District and Piccadilly lines, Transport for London (TfL) carried out a number of vital works, including track renewal and drainage improvements, as well as works to progress step-free access at Wimbledon Park station.

Whilst these works were carried out, five replacement bus routes were in service - including buses from Wimbledon to Kensington and Hammersmith - and an enhanced service was operated on bus routes 9, 14 and 74, to serve passengers between South Kensington and Hammersmith.

Having reviewed this closure and the impact on customers, TfL acknowledges that a dedicated rail replacement bus should have been in service between South Kensington and Hammersmith, via Earl’s Court.

While there are not any current plans for a similar closure, TfL will ensure that such a rail replacement bus is implemented if this takes place.