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Work starts on Elephant tube station revamp

Following the reopening of the Northern Line ticket hall in December 2003, work has now commenced on a major refurbishment of the tunnels and platforms at Elephant and Castle tube station.

The work, which London Underground says will bring major benefits to passengers and staff, will be carried out in eight phases and is due for completion in the summer of 2006. The work will be carried out by Metronet.

The station will remain open throughout the programme of works, which will be carried out mainly during engineering hours to minimise disruption to passengers.

The plans include improved communications and CCTV systems, non-slip surfaces on platforms, passageways and staircases and new station control room.

Some of the original features of the station dating from 1890 will be retained. Other improvements include acoustic dampening on platforms to reduce noise levels.

"This work will really bring huge benefits for passengers and staff while retaining some of the original features from 1890" says Penny Hazell, Bakerloo Line general manager.

"The work will be carried out during overnight engineering hours and should cause very little disruption to passengers."

More information on the Metronet website

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