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Transport for London (TfL) has said that renovation work at Vauxhall Tube station will begin in January 2014 with an investment of £36m.

As part of renovation, the station and its subways and stairways will be completely revamped and a lift will be installed between the ticket hall and platforms to provide step-free access to the Victoria line trains.

The ticket hall will be reconfigured to enable expansion of the ticket gates, as the number of passengers using the station is set to rise by 40% over the next few years.

The station, however, will remain open for passengers during the renovation.

London Underground capital programmes director David Waboso said: "Vauxhall is a very busy Tube station with about 21 million people using it annually, and it’s set to get busier.

"We have developed a more cost-effective construction method."

"These works, along with other TfL investment in improving the local transport network, will play a key role in helping to support the regeneration of the area," Waboso added.

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Total renovation cost has been reduced by more than £9m from £45m by working closely with engineering firm Bechtel. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

Bechtel project manager Hani Rizkallah said: "We aim to be good neighbours and are committed to delivering these improvements safely and to the highest quality.

"Using Six Sigma, best practices in supply chain management and sustainability we have developed together with London Underground a more cost-effective construction method, which also reduces the environmental impact."

Hoardings and site cabins will be installed this month on the area of derelict land between Wandsworth Road and The Bondway, while a second work site will be established on the north side of Wandsworth Road to support the work within the station.

The upgrade is part of TfL’s plan to invest in transport projects across London and supports the developments planned for the Battersea Nine Elms area.


Image: Vauxhall tube station northbound platform looking south. Photo: courtesy of Sunil060902.