Today marked the start of station upgrade works for Knightsbridge station that will bring step free access, and new or relocated entrances. Exits 3/4 on Sloane Street have now closed and will be converted to retail units by the property owner who own the space above the station whom TfL secured a commercial deal with enabling the restoration of the buildings facades working in tandem with the upgrade works.
Exits 3/4 will be moved to a more central position roughly at 15 Brompton Road on the junction with Knightsbridge. The relocated entrance is due to open to the public in 2019.
In 2020 a new entrance will open situated at the rear side of the building on Hoopers Court providing two lifts making Knightsbridge the 72nd step free station on the network and part of a precious few that are inside the boundary of the Circle line joining Green Park, Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street. This new entrance is a stone's throw away from the original Leslie Green facade still now basking in it's restored Oxblood red and closed in the 1930's when escalators were fitted. Also closed in the 1930's were various interconnecting passageways that have been incorporated into the upgrade plan and thus will open to the public once again after a lapse of roughly 90 years.
Images of the planned new entrances can be found here.
Also closed in the 1930's were various interconnecting passageways that have been incorporated into the upgrade plan and thus will open to the public once again after a lapse of roughly 90 years.
Is that going to be a record for the longest interval between closure and reopening?
It certainly is a good contender, I guess it depends on the definition of a closed part of a station being reopened either in unchanged form or just being cut through in the process of new works such as the City and South London Railways (C&SLRs) short lived branch to King William street the tunnels of which have been encroached by the Jubilee line extension at London Bridge and will be further by upgrade works for the Waterloo & City line and realignment of the SB Northern line at Bank/Monument.
Im not sure how the works at Bank/Monument have affect the aforementioned C&SLR tunnel, but if counted in the same respect then by the time works are due to have finished it would have been close to 122 years since they last saw active use.
I would rather that the closure of entrance 3 / 4 had been delayed until the replacements were ready to open. The station is busy enough and really cant manage with just the one entrance.
quote from press release
Because Knightsbridge station has two alternative entrances on Knightsbridge Road, the impact on customers while this third entrance is replaced is expected to be minimal.
there is two more exits from main entrance and also the other end ticket hall has other exit so its should be enough to handle traffic in and out but for step free access i am confused - so there should be 3rd lift between platform and upper passageway - the press release says two 17 person lifts - so i think its refers to main original lifts between street and upper passageway - i am not sure fully i wished there was proper station plans showing changes