An 82-year old tube roundel still in its original design has been restored outside Uxbridge tube station. TfL had been contacted by the local borough councillors about the decaying state of the old roundel, and agreed to restore it to its original design rather than replace it with a modern roundel.
The roundel, the totem holding it and the internal electrics were corroded and failing after eight decades outside in the British weather.
They were able to find the original drawings and images of the sign from the 1940s in local council archives to base the improvements to the new structure on. The concrete support structure holding the roundel was beyond repair so required replacement, and the failed electrical components inside the sign were also upgraded.
Around 90 per cent of the original roundel was able to be preserved, including the original brass collars holding it together. New energy-efficient LED bulbs were also installed along with refurbished acrylics in-keeping with the heritage London Underground Johnston typeface.
The works, carried out by Links Signs, was completed a few weeks ago.