London Underground announces closure for Uxbridge branch track renewal

Sections of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines on the Uxbridge branch are to be closed for 23 days for a major track renewal programme.

London Underground (LU) is to replace 6 kilometres of track, points and drainage along the route between July 19 and August 10 as part of a £10 billion Tube improvement project.

The investment has so far seen upgrades delivered on the Victoria and Jubilee lines, with work on the Northern line to be completed later this year.

Announcing the block closure, George McInulty, LU’s programme director of infrastructure, said: “The track replacement work on the Uxbridge branch is a crucial part of the Metropolitan line upgrade.

“In recent years our customers have seen the arrival of the new walk-through air-conditioned trains and in the future will benefit from more frequent and faster services when new signalling is installed. However for customers to fully benefit from all these improvements it is essential that we upgrade the track and infrastructure to support it.

“Carrying out a block closure of this section of the network will enable us to complete the work in just over three weeks as opposed to fourteen weekend closures. This approach means that there will be no time lost due to set-up and hand-back of works, which minimises working time and helps to significantly reduce the cost – saving around £3 million of tax and fare payers’ money- and ultimately keeping disruption to customers to an absolute minimum.”

Rail replacement bus services will be operating throughout the closure.