From late next February, Piccadilly line trains won’t be stopping at South Kensington tube station while escalator replacement works are carried out. The works will take more than a year, lasting until early spring 2022.
The works will see all five Piccadilly line escalators, originally installed in 1973 being replaced. The escalators, which are past their nominal 40-year design life have become unreliable and are now the highest priority escalators for replacement on the Tube network.
There are two banks of escalators serving the Piccadilly line at South Kensington Tube station; two escalators operate between the ticket hall and a mid-concourse level and three escalators operate between the mid-concourse and the Piccadilly line platforms.
The replacement escalators are a new more efficient design that has already been used on 25 other tube stations and will be in use on the Elizabeth line when it opens.
The tube station will remain open for Circle and District line services, and Piccadilly line passengers will be advised to use the nearby Gloucester Road station, which is about an 8-minute walk away. More detailed travel advice is set to be published in early 2021.
In related news, works will start next month to remove a retail kiosk in the ticket hall to make more space ahead of the long planned upgrade of the station to cope with demand.