Tedious rush hour queues to get into Brixton station will continue until at least July next year, Transport for London have admitted.
Brixton commuters have had a week of ‘complete chaos’ since TfL began work on one of the three escalators at the Tube station last week.
Tube bosses originally said that the work would be completed by the end of the month, but yesterday it emerged they would then start work on the other escalators. The overall work will not be completed until next summer, offering a winter of big rush hour queues to get down to the platforms.
Passengers were urged to use Stockwell or Oval stations instead, and special buses have been provided to shuttle people from Brixton to Stockwell.
Peter McNaught, operations director at TfL, said: “We have just commenced works to refurbish two of the three escalators at Brixton station.
“The escalators are over 40 years old and now need to be refurbished to ensure the continued safe operation of the station for the future. To keep the station open the escalators are being refurbished one at a time, however we appreciate that it is taking longer for customers to enter and exit the station during the morning and evening rush hour.
“We have more staff at the station and additional buses operating between Brixton and Stockwell stations to help customers with their journeys. I would like to apologise for any disruption caused while these works take place, which are due to be completed by Summer 2015.”