TfL searches partner to develop South Kensington Tube station


Transport for London (TfL) is welcoming bids to create a joint venture partnership to restore and develop South Kensington Tube station in London.

As part of the scheme, the commercial and retail units of the station will be improved and the four-storey buildings at Thurloe Street are set to be refurbished.

The scheme will provide funds to create step-free access to the District and Circle line via a new station entrance on Thurloe Street, and to deliver step-free access to the pedestrian subway leading to local destinations including the Science Museum, Imperial College, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In addition, the main station entrances through the shopping arcade will be restored to its original state.

Graeme Craig, TfL’s director of commercial development, said: “South Kensington Tube station is one of our busiest stations and also the gateway to some of the most important and treasured cultural institutions anywhere in the world. We want to find a long-term partner with whom we can work to create a station that reflects its historic legacy and unique setting, whilst generating vital revenue to reinvest in transport and provide step-free access for millions of journeys.”

TfL is aiming to identify a partner later this year. Construction work on the project could start early next year if planning permission is granted.

South Kensington Tube station, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, welcomes over 34M District and Circle and Piccadilly line customers a year to London's museum quarter.

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