Although work has yet to begin on the Bakerloo line upgrade, planning for this major engineering project has already started. And once the upgrade is underway, you'll notice changes like new trains and faster, more reliable journeys.
We'll also be working on a new signalling system which will help make travelling on the line faster and more reliable. Average journey times will be reduced by more than two minutes and your trains will run more regularly. More frequent trains means more capacity - or room - on the line.
We may need to close parts of the line occasionally to keep the track and tunnels in good condition. Some of the tracks are maintained by Network Rail, so they may ask us to close it for the same reasons.
Planned work affecting your line
Escalator replacement at Embankment
As part of Tube improvements, we are replacing four escalators at Embankment between Wednesday 8 January and early November 2014. As a result, Bakerloo and Northern line trains will not stop at Embankment in either direction.
The District and Circle lines will continue to serve the station as usual.
Customers wishing to change trains at Embankment are advised to either:
Use alternative Tube routes by changing at a nearby station such as Piccadilly Circus, Waterloo, Leicester Square, Westminster or Victoria.
Walk between Charing Cross and Embankment via Villiers Street - roughly a five minute walk. Oyster settings at both stations will be updated so customers are not overcharged, as long as they touch in and out in good time.
Customers are also advised to start late night journeys 15 minutes earlier. This is to make sure last train connections at the above interchanges are made in time.
The escalators at Embankment were installed before the Second World War and have reached the end of their useful life. They will be replaced with new, custom-built machines which will ensure a reliable escalator service for many decades to come.
Lift replacement at Edgware Road
As part of our plan, the lifts at Edgware Road are being replaced with more modern and reliable equipment. Both lifts must be replaced at the same time, which requires a full station closure.
Station closure: Saturday 25 May to late December 2013 inclusive.