Transport for London (TfL) will be closing part of the Circle and District underground lines in August while it undertakes a complex series of track renewals.
Between Wednesday 4 and Thursday 12 August 2021, there will be no service between Edgware Road and Aldgate via Victoria on the Circle line and from Earl’s Court to Aldgate East on the District line. On the weekend of 7 and 8 August, the planned closure on the District line will also be extended from Earl’s Court to Hammersmith, Kensington Olympia, Wimbledon and Edgware Road.
Over the nine-day closure, TfL will work between Embankment and Earl’s Court. This includes completely removing the outdated long timber track at Embankment station and replacing it with concrete slab track, which involves pumping over 100 tonnes of concrete from the road level.
Further work, including replacing and packing ballast underneath the track, will help facilitate faster train speeds and reduced journey times.
TfL director of asset performance and capital delivery Esther Sharples said: “We apologise for the disruption that this vital engineering work will cause and ask our customers on the Circle and District lines to check before they travel.
“Closing a section of the Circle and District line is not a decision we have taken lightly, but this is safety-critical work that needs to happen and, by carrying it out in one closure, we can reduce overall disruption.
“During this closure, we will be carrying out other maintenance and improvement work at stations to minimise future disruption.”
TfL has been working and engaging with affected businesses, local attractions and boroughs including the Exhibition Road Cultural Group to ensure they and their customers have information in time to plan journeys around the work.
Stations that have no service during this period all have alternative nearby stations within a 15-minute walk and, wherever possible, customers are asked to walk or cycle all or part of their journeys. Much of Zone 1 is easily walkable and TfL is working with boroughs to create more space for people to safely walk, cycle, or scoot. There are also Santander Cycles docking stations located near all of the affected stations.