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

Hampstead Underground. Picture: Google Maps

Hampstead Underground. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

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.

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.

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

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