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London Underground: Escalator Replacement

Volume 622: debated on Thursday 15 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the length of time being taken to replace old escalators on London Underground is satisfactory. [HL679]

Escalators are an important part of the service on London Underground, and it is important that across the system as a whole they work smoothly and consistently, but above all safely. The management of its escalators is a matter for London Underground (LUL) and they carry out rigorous, routine checks on all escalators as part of their continuous programme of safety monitoring. They have a planned forward programme of investing in new escalators where older ones need to be replaced.LUL's escalators are subject to very heavy-duty usage, and in many cases they are specially built for each individual location and have to be installed piece by piece on site. The actual time for each renewal can therefore vary according to the location and the inherent difficulties such as space etc. However I understand from London Underground that over recent years the time taken to replace escalators has reduced because of improved practices.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will commission a report from London Transport on the length of time the downward escalators have been out of action at Notting Hill underground station. [HL680]

This is an operational matter for London Underground (LUL); I understand from LUL that because these escalators are some of the oldest still in service on the network a major three-year project to replace all six escalators at Notting Hill Gate underground station is currently in progress.There are six escalators at the station, historically numbered 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8. Works to numbers 3 and 6 have been completed and work is in progress on numbers 5 and 8. Actual and programmed completion dates for each machine are given in the following table:

StationEscalator No.Start DateCompletion DateDirection of Travel
Notting Hill Gate13 September 200115 March 2002Down
Notting Hill Gate226 August 200213 September 2002Up
Notting Hill Gate330 April 199920 July 2000Currently Up but normally Down
Notting Hill Gate59 September 200013 June 2001Currently being replaced
Notting Hill Gate64 January 200014 August 2000Currently Up but normally Down
Notting Hill Gate830 October 200028 July 2001Currently being replaced
The purpose of the project is to provide a better and more reliable escalator service at the station for the future.