Circle & Hammersmith 3 Week Partial Closure this Summer

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The Circle and Hammersmith & City lines will be closed between Hammersmith and Edgware Road for three weeks from Saturday 24th July to Sunday 15th August.

This closure is in order to demolish a disused taxi ramp and a canopy, metres away from the running lines at Paddington station. Upgrade work will also continue at the station and building work on Crossrail will begin in earnest.

Nigel Holness, service director for London Underground, said: “Due to the nature of the works at Paddington we will not be able to operate services between Hammersmith and Edgware Road. Replacement bus services will run during the closure.”

London Underground has said that it will take advantage of the closure and upgrade the western stretch of lines during these three weeks, the most significant work being the extension of most of the platforms to facilitate the use of the new S Stock trains. These are due to be in service on the Metropolitan line from September 2010, on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines from 2011 and the District line from 2013. The platforms at Wood Lane will not be extended, as it opened in 2008 with platforms of sufficient length to accept the new trains.

In addition to the above, Latimer Road westbound platform will also be closed from Saturday 3rd July until Saturday 4th December 2010 inclusive for platform extension work. Other works will include replacing the track and replacing old conductor rails with new, energy-efficient ones. Drainage works will also take place.

During the closure, Hammersmith & City lines trains will operate between Edgware Road and Whitechapel only, and Circle line trains will operate on the old, continuous, orbital route. District and Metropolitan line services will be unaffected.

Written by George Moore