Exact date London’s Kentish Town tube closes – and alternative routes

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  • June 27, 2023
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Major works at Kentish Town tube station are to impact travel on the Northern Line tube for up to a year.

While the overground station will remain open, Kentish Town’s London Underground station will be closed for months while engineers replace the escalators and carry out other improvements.

The ticket hall and way in will also be closed as the rail station has a separate Thameslink entrance.

Kentish Town is home to many commuters who depend on the Northern Line, and is also the closest station for those heading to events at the 02 Forum.

So when does the closure take place and how long will it last?

Let’s find out.

When does Kentish Town tube close?

Kentish Town tube station closed from Monday, June 26, 2023.

Northern Line trains will pass through the station without stopping, so will run non-stop between Camden Town and Tufnell Park.

Why is it closing?

Transport for London said: ‘These escalators are the poorest performing on the Tube network.

‘They often cause last-minute station closures and disruption for customers. We’re also having trouble finding spare parts for the existing escalators, which are 26 years old and now obsolete.

We explored all possible options for how the station could stay open during the works. But for safety and space reasons, this was not possible.’

Other improvement works include:

  • Removing the redundant ticket office and realigning the ticket barriers to allow more space and ticket gates
  • Painting and deep cleaning
  • Installing a new floor and wall tiling
  • Improving signage

How long will the station be closed?

Kentish Town underground station will be closed until summer 2024.

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Transport for London says the closure will last ‘for up to a year’, and that unless the work is done, the station will remain at high risk of short-notice closure.

What are the alternative routes?

Instead of travelling to or from Kentish Town by tube, you can:

  • Walk or take a bus to Tufnell Park station (0.8 km) and join the Northern line
  • Take a Thameslink train from Kentish Town station (and change at King’s Cross St Pancras)
  • Use Camden Town station (16 minute walk from Kentish Town tube) but remember that Camden Town frequently becomes exit-only to help manage crowding.
  • Use London Overground services from Kentish Town West and Camden Road.

You can also use buses to and from Kentish Town:

  • Northbound: Use local bus route 134 towards Tufnell Park
  • Southbound: Use bus routes 88, 134 and 214 towards Camden Town station or bus route 393 to Chalk Farm

During the closure, bus stop KF (Kentish Town) is closed, so use bus stop KE if you’re going North, 180m south of the station.

Bus stop KB (Kentish Town) is closed until July 3, so until then the nearest southbound bus stop is KC (Kentish Town Post Office).

You can check your journey on TfL’s journey planner.

Where can I buy a ticket?

There won’t be any ticket facilities at Kentish Town station.

❗ There will be no London Underground access at Kentish Town station from 26 June 2023 until mid 2024.

Thameslink trains will be unaffected but may be busier than usual. pic.twitter.com/TW3V5kumMc

— Thameslink (@TLRailUK) June 26, 2023

You can use a contactless card, or top up your Oyster at nearby shops.

Thameslink passengers can buy tickets for all destinations in advance at thameslinkrailway.com/tickets, or use contactless/Oyster.

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