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Transport chiefs’ apology for tube closure during canal festival

TfL say they were not aware of the event when they scheduled track works – despite it taking place in Little Venice since 1983

12 February, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

The popular Canalway Cavalcade has attracted visitors since it began in 1983

TRANSPORT for London (TfL) have apologised for the planned closure of the entire Bakerloo line during a canal boat festival.

With Warwick Avenue tube station set to be closed on the May Bank Holiday weekend, revellers will be urged to find alternative travel routes to the annual Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice.

In an email seen by the Extra, TfL said that when they scheduled the track works last April they were not aware of the event – despite it taking place in Little Venice since 1983.

TfL said they will add the Cavalcade to their “10-year planner” system for future years.

The Inland Waterways Association, who organise the event, have met with the transport authority this week to discuss the impact.

The association said: “Although cancelling the line closure will not be possible, and Warwick Avenue underground station will be closed, other routes will still be available to Paddington, which is adjacent to our site.

“TfL have assured us they will do everything they can to inform passengers intending to travel to Cavalcade of alternative routes by erecting additional specific signage, e-notices, social media and announcements at interchanges.”

The entire Bakerloo line will be closed on May 4, 5 and 6. Nearby Paddington railway station is linked to the Hammersmith and City line and the Circle line.

Caroline Sheridan, London Underground’s director of renewals and enhancements, said: “We’re sorry that the planned closure of the Bakerloo line over the first May Bank Holiday weekend coincides with this event.

“Planned closures of this type enable us to complete vital engineering works, are scheduled months in advance and are chosen for when we expect fewer customers to be affected.

“We will publicise the range of alternative travel options available for Bakerloo line customers, including using Paddington station, well in advance.”

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