London Underground is advising passengers that Lancaster Gate station is set to close for six months from 4 January to mid July 2017, while essential work takes place to replace the lifts.
The station is served by two 50-person lifts, which are almost 30 years old and require replacement. The new lifts will also use less energy and include CCTV and hearing induction loops.
The station will be closed while the lifts are replaced and will re-open mid July 2017. LU explored the option of keeping the station open and replacing each lift in sequence. However, the evacuation staircase cannot be used as the sole means of access to and from the platforms, as there are over 100 steps between platforms and street level, the equivalent to a four storey building.
LU advises passengers to use nearby stations Queensway (12 minutes) or Marble Arch (13 minutes). Buses serving Lancaster Gate include numbers 46, 94, 148, 274 and 390. Paddington station is a seven minute walk and is served by the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City Lines.
Download the full press release from Transport for London here.