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Hampstead Underground’s reduced hours are a ‘scandal’, says opposition leader

PUBLISHED: 10:11 18 August 2020 | UPDATED: 14:44 18 August 2020

Hampstead Underground. Picture: Google Maps

Hampstead Underground. Picture: Google Maps

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The continuation of Hampstead Tube’s reduced opening hours is a ‘scandal’, says Camden’s opposition leader.

TfL staff shortages from the coronavirus pandemic have seen the Underground only open from 7am-7pm on weekdays.

Three stations across north-west London remain on reduced hours, all in NW3 - Hampstead, Swiss Cottage and Chalk Farm.

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Cllr Oliver Cooper (Con, Hampstead Town) said: “I think that is in and of itself a scandal, and Hampstead is on its knees because of it.

“Hampstead Village businesses are suffering badly as a result of these Tube closures, as far fewer people are coming on weekends.”

A TfL spokesperson said it was “committed” to returning Hampstead Tube to normal hours, but that there was no time frame for when this would happen.

“At present we have a small number of stations closed or operating at reduced hours while we work on returning staff numbers to normal.

“While this work continues we are prioritising busier stations and interchanges where staff are most needed.”


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