GLA member Lynne Featherstone and Highgate’s Lib Dem councillors havereceived assurances from Tubelines that they will work on measures to limitthe impact of a major new London Underground Control Centre to be built inHighgate on the edge of the woods.

The assurances came at a meeting attendedby councillors Featherstone, Neil Williams and Bob Hare, alongwith Terry Morgan, the Chief Executive of Tubelines.

The local councillors raised concerns about the planned windows in the newcontrol centre building, which will control trains on the Northern Line.They were also told that Tubelines is looking at moving the building furtheraway from houses on nearby Lanchester Road in order to address overlookingproblems highlighted by concerned residents in the street.

Tubelines hasalso agreed to work with the Highgate Society and local councillors onplanting schemes at the highly sensitive site, and consider ways of limitinglight pollution. Lib Dems say that properly sensitive measures will helpprotect habitats for local bat populations and the willow warblers whichinhabit the woodland edge.

Building works are due to start on the site next year. When completed, thecontrol room for the new signalling system on the line will allow for moretrains and is targeted to deliver a 20% reduction in journey times on theNorthern Line and increase in train capacity by 13%.

Lynne Featherstone comments:

“This was a useful meeting. There is no doubt that the control site is animportant project that should deliver enormous improvements to the serviceon the Northern Line. Passengers will enjoy a considerable reduction injourney times into central London.

“However this site on the edge of Highgate Woods is an important one, andthe new building will be in close proximity to residents homes in LanchesterRoad. I am pleased that Tubelines is willing to look at the location of thebuilding and to take other measures to protect the environment. We willcontinue to work closely on the issue with them.”