London Underground has appointed Spencer Group to work on improvements to Finsbury Park Underground Station to help it achieve step-free-access by 2018.
The main works include the construction of a new western entrance to replace the existing Wells Terrace entryway, the build of two lift shafts and extending one of the current passageways (no. 4) to link up to the new entrance, existing platforms and join it to the new residential and commercial development currently underway.
Finsbury Station, which is situated within the London Borough of Islington, will remain open while the works are underway to their circa 176 million passengers per year.
Spencer has already begun design for the redevelopment which will double the capacity for commuters and reduce congestion by enhancing connectivity from ground level to the underground platforms. Spencer will start on-site from October with all works being completed by Spring 2018.
Spencer Project Director, James Renwick, said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity by London Underground. We successfully delivered the enabling works for this project to go ahead and we were keen to seen the project right through to the end. The redeveloped station will really improve things for the commuters and I am sure the step-free-access will be welcomed by all.”
A series of smaller enabling works were complete prior to the commencement of this contract to enable the main civils works to be undertaken safely and without causing any unplanned impacts on London Underground or Network Rail train services.
Finsbury Station opened in 1861 and was home to the first Piccadilly line services between the station and Hammersmith. This busy interchange now consists of a National Rail Station, London Underground Station and two Bus Stations.