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Back in October, Brixton commuters faced overcrowding problems. Photo: Owen Llewellyn
Unhappy commuters using Brixton Underground station, who've faced queues and overcrowding this week, can expect the misery to continue until July next year.
Work on one of the station's three escalators this week was meant to be completed by the end of the month, but TfL has now revealed that work will soon begin on the station's other escalators, continuing until next summer.
The work this week has seen crowds building outside the street entrance of the station, with reports of police helping station staff deal with the bottleneck.
This follows at least two days of rush hour delays and similar crowds at the station in October, due to separate incidents of a broken escalator and a passenger breaking their ankle while travelling on the escalator.
TfL is suggesting that passengers use Oval or Stockwell stations as alternatives whilst the work is going on, but one passenger described the bus situation as "bad at the best of times".
Peter McNaught, LU Operations Director, said: “ We have just commenced works to refurbish two of the three escalators at Brixton station. The escalators are over 40 years old and now need to be refurbished to ensure the continued safe operation of the station for the future. To keep the station open the escalators are being refurbished one at a time, however we appreciate that it is taking longer for customers to enter and exit the station during the morning and evening rush hour. We have more staff at the station and additional buses operating between Brixton and Stockwell stations to help customers with their journeys. I would like to apologise for any disruption caused while these works take place, which are due to be completed by Summer 2015.”
Last Updated 21 November 2014
The trouble with suggesting that people use Stockwell or Oval instead is that, since Brixton is at the end of the line, many people have already had lengthy bus journeys just to get to Brixton in the first place.
The middle escalator is nowhere near 40 years old! I have only lived in Brixton for 35 years, and I well remember its being installed. 20 years, perhaps. Granted, it may now need refurbishing, but there's no need to tell porkies about its age. And the congestion would be a lot less if they hadn't taken up half the foyer area building hoardings around the top of the escalator.
1) I think it would help if they actually had some work going on. a week of chaos and they dont seem to have started on the escalator work - whats the point of shutting it off before they need to!
2) I'm currently injured and can't walk to stockwell. Are tfl going to reimburse my extra bus oyster fare every day? When the queues for the buses are already ridiculous.
Guess the new hipsters will need to look to live somewhere else in London. all this trouble and then paying £2K a month for a 2 bed flat without bills or council tax included? Nah thanks. maybe one day if I'll be that rich will consider moving up to north London! ;)
A good example of why long-term under-investment in the Tube network south of the river was bad thinking. Inevitably, as the Tube - and public transport network as a whole - is so sparse in Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth, Merton, Croydon, etc, house prices and rents are more affordable, so more people move there. More people means a need for more infrastructure. If estate agents, pubs, betting shops, chicken shops and supermarkets can see this and move into areas where the population is growing, why can't the national and local governments respond?
Absolute disgrace. I agree with Mark: all those new apartment blocks in Brixton must surely provide Lambeth council/Greater London Authority with enough money in the form of stamp duty and other property taxes to invest a bit more in the transport infrastructure? It's outrageous that, after years of travel disruption while the tube station was being completely overhauled -or so we were told-, Brixton locals have to suffer this sort of ongoing disruption. I need to leave 20 minutes earlier to get to work in time. With no reduction in the fare I pay. It's about time Boris Johnson and his ilk started investing in south London, not to mention the level of corruption that must be going on in Transport for london / Lambeth council for the escalators in a newly renovated tube station to be over 40 years old?? Either they are lying or if it's true they are so old, it's absolutely outrageous. Either way, I had enough. Let's start a petition.
That's terrible for all! Where I live here in the States there is never ending construction on certain main roads and tunnels!
I got caught out last week on my way to an important training course when I turned up at the station (after a 20 min bus ride) to find the area in chaos. I then had to get another bus to Kennington station, and I was late. Brixton is such an important South London bus hub which feeds into the tube station that when when something small happens there is a domino effect. Ever since the Underground was conceived by firstly private entrepreneurs then public bodies it was been underinvested in. The current improvements across the network do something to rectify that, but with an exploding local population, TfL are only playing catch up.
theres always clapham north or clapham common people should buy a bike and cycle to the nearist tube station shows to me they got it to easy and are too lazy to walk to the next tube stations that aint that far away if you can be bothered to walkLondonist in your inbox
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By Suzanne Hanrahan
Brixton is just south of the city, on the border of Zones 2 and 3, at the end of the Victoria line. It is a lively working class suburb that has in recent years (like many working class suburbs with great nightlife and energy) become somewhat gentrified. The appeal of Brixton isn't obvious as soon as you exit the tube. It isn't a leafy, beautiful suburb, but Brixton dwellers grow to love its gritty industrial feel, the cacophony of accents and traffic on its busy streets, and the nightlife which kicks on well after 11 at the Jamaican and Latin clubs in the area. It is difficult to ignore Brixton's notoriety as one of the highest crime areas in London, but if you can get used to the squeal of sirens, the raised eyebrows of the anticipatory drug dealer on the corner, and the police tape sectioning off the site of yet another gangland stabbing, you know you're a tried and true Brixtoner.
Brixton was a wealthy suburb until the beginning of the twentieth century, when many large houses were converted into flats and boarding houses. It was a popular spot with West End actors and other theatre workers, which is why Brixton still has a terrific arts scene. Today, rental prices are lower than much of London, particularly when you consider Brixton's convenient location. Most young people in Brixton rent apartments in buildings or old Victorian terrace houses converted into three or four flats. It is more expensive than some suburbs further south, but the high crime rate keeps the rental prices in check. Expect to pay around 80-85 pounds for a single room (unshared), but sometimes a lot less.
Brixton is a popular spot for antipodeans, other working holiday makers, travellers, and people staying in London for a short time. However, it retains its eclectic cultural charm with a blend of Caribbean, West Indian, African and Asian influences in the music, shopping, and clubs of the area.Pubs, Clubs and Entertainment
The Dogstar is a large, tastefully decorated bar on Coldharbour Lane. Pumping out indie house and Latin beats even on a Sunday afternoon, it also comprises a Mexican restaurant, El Panzon. The prices are not the cheapest you might find in this working class suburb, but they offer large helpings, terrific burritos and seven different kinds of homemade salsa.
The Prince Albert is the sort of place you go if you're after a pint of lager, down-to-earth punters leaning on the bar, and none too fancy decor - except for the interesting art on the walls, which is actually for sale. It has a great vibe, similar fusion music to other pubs in Brixton, and is somewhat friendlier than the Prince next door. This is a newly renovated pub on the corner of Coldharbour Lane and the High street. Though it once boasted terrific service and a generally friendly atmosphere, it has changed a little in recent times. However, it still has some of the best music in Brixton, with fusion hip hop, funk, soul, jazz and disco beats on weekends, and an open mike night on Wednesdays.
You will also find a variety of Caribbean and Latin clubs, and many other small bars and house nights. Brixton has many warehouse parties which are not widely advertised as they are cited as 'private parties' - with many legal loopholes in place to keep the cops away.
Brixton has a few options if you want to get away from the traffic and bustle. Just a short walk up Brixton Hill will bring you to Rush Common, and to the other end you can find Milkwood Community Park, winner of a Green Flag Award and with a wildlife trail and amphitheatre for community festivals and events in the summer.Shops, Restaurants and Takeaways
For shopping in Brixton, you have the option of all the regular outlets such as Marks and Spencer, and various sporting, footwear and fashion chains on the High St. But if you want the real Brixton shopping experience you must visit Brixton market, a short walk from the tube and just underneath the overland station. This is one of the most authentic and underrated markets in London. If you like to be jammed elbow-to-elbow with tourists and yuppies paying 25 pounds for kerchief skirts, Brixton market is not the place for you. With large meat carcasses jostling against stalls full of ten quid shoes, loud, pushy vendors yelling their wares, and the fusion of West Indian, Caribbean, Vietnamese and Polish accents browsing the overflowing tables, it is the undiscovered market of London. This area is where you will also find many independently owned stores, often with very low prices but surprisingly good value items.
The service at the New Fujiyama restaurant (7 Vining Street) is great and it is busy but not rammed, with traditional red Japanese decor and Carribean reggae playing on the stereo - a great example of Brixton's cultural fusion. Prices are much cheaper than they would be in the city, or anywhere else in London for that matter - you can get a main for under six pounds.
Brixton has a variety of takeout options on offer, many open 24 hours for the drunken stumble home. There is the typical chicken and pizza, fish and chips outlets, but also Indian, Turkish, Lebanese and Jamaican and prices are cheaper than many other parts of London.Transportation
It has terrific transport links - only four stops away from Victoria station in the city, from where you can explore the south of England from the overland Southeastern railways, or reach Gatwick in time for a flight. It has buses that cross section the whole of south London, including Clapham, a hub for antipodean working holiday makers, and arguably south London's centre for live music. It also borders Stockwell and Camberwell - which hosts many free local festivals in the summer.AREAS OF LONDON
Cheap rent means more money to spend at the pubs.
Gritty, cheap and international with loads of character.
Edgy, gritty and artsy area close to central London.
Full of punks, market stalls and a great canal.
Diverse area with everyone from yuppies to yobbos.
Decent shopping but the nightlife is a bit uninspired.
In zone one but expensive and full of tourists.
A posh area south of the river but still affordable.
Very nice area but expensive and the District line is crap.
Nice, safe, close to the city but not much nightlife.
Great transport links and near to the Thames.
Great transport links but a bit dodgy at night.
Green and pretty but a little bit on the dull side.
A lively, edgy, multicultural area in West London.
Edgy, creative and trendy with a great nightlife.
A bit rough around the edges but a great place for a curry.
Well connected by transport but a little expensive.
Cheap, full of travellers and well connected.
Nice area, decent nightlife and good transport to the city.
Џ"THE INTERVIEW: Mark Rylance"
Kissing another man is all part of the job for the controversial supremo of Shakespeareнe Globe Theatre с and heнs hoping that the audience will join in с by Richard Johnson
Mark Rylance is no ordinary jobbing actor. He chooses to perform his art where ley lines meet с those points where invisible fields of energy converge. The Globe Theatre is built on one such point and Rylance, the theatreнs artistic director, will need spiritual guidance when he opens this week in Antony & Cleopatra. He is playing Cleopatra and has to create a sexual chemistry with his лhusbandн, Paul Shelley.
"There are some actresses Iнd be more frightened of falling in love with than Paul", says Rylance. "In any acting job youнve got to fall in love with someone youнre not in love with. You just have to believe in it. Otherwise youнre suddenly aware youнre going to kiss someone with a beard."
All-male productions arenнt a new idea. Rylance points out that Shakespeareнs plays were all originally written for с and performed by с men. Critics, however, point out the female parts were actually played by boys. And Rylance is 39. "We had a boy playing Katherine in Henry V in the Globeнs first season," he says. "People knew it was a boy, and yet they gave their belief to it. So they made it happen. I like that they were feeling creative с feeling they were part of it."
Rylance loves to turn convention on its head and rip up the contract between audience and players. At the Globe he relishes juxtaposing actors and лgroundlingsн с the enthusiasts who mill around in front of the five-foot-high stage.
"The groundlings are a new audience to the theatre," he says. "Itнs more like a baseball game now. You can drink beer and eat at the Globe. Itнs only a fiver to get into the yard. And if itнs boring, you can come and go. Itнs not a lot different to a pub, where people stand and listen to stories с itнs just that weнre professional story-tellers. And there are lots of pretty girls and handsome boys, so even picking up is going on. When youнre telling a love story on stage, you actually see people start to kiss."
Far from degenerating into a dull museum piece, or an Elizabethan theme park, the Globe, opened in1996, has been a real success. In the 1998 season it was playing to 89 per cent capacity. And not all of those were Americans. Rylance has even commissioned a new play, Augustineнs Oak, about St. Augustineнs mission in AD 597 to convert the English. "Itнs a great story. You need a good story in the Globe. If youнre not wondering whatнs going to happen next, you become aware that youнre standing, or sitting on a bench."
As he speaks, Rylanceнs transatlantic accent somehow makes an emergency crash landing over southern Ireland. This odd mix comes from his itinerant childhood. He was born in England, but his parents went to teach English in Connecticut when he was two. The family then moved to Milwaukee when he was nine.
"I was a bit shy as a child," he says. "I lived in a basement, and I knew I could make it look like a spaceship. So I would say to other kids, лLetнs imagine weнre Captain Kirk and Spock in Star Trek for half an hour.н And everyone would hang around. Acting was a skill I developed to get a bunch of friends together." He came back to England in 1978, successfully auditioned for RADA and soon had enough friends to fill the Starship Enterprise.
Rylance made his mark on television in The Grass Arena playing a down-and-out, for which he was named Radio Times Best Newcomer in 1993. His film career has been less remarkable. "I was offered Empire of the Sun by Spielberg in 1987. Of course I said yes. As soon as I said yes, a director I had always wanted to work with said, лIнm doing a whole season at the national. Come and play any part you want.н It was a real dilemma. Spielberg said, лNo problem с I need to know in four hours.н At the time I was interested in the I Ching (an ancient Chinese system of divination). You do it with three coins. So I asked which job I should take. The answer came back that theatre was about community. It was what Iнd been unhappy about on my first film с Hearts of Fire. I took that film so I could meet Bob Dylan. Eventually I got invited into his caravan. I thought I would just say what came into my mind. I said, лWhat do you think about Gorbachev and Reagan in Reykjavik, Bob?н As I said the words I thought лOh no, he gave up politics in the 60s. I blew it. Heнll think Iнm a spyн. Anyway, on that film there was no community. I turned more towards theatre. You have better fights. You have better love affairs. So I turned down Spielberg, took the theatre job, and met Claire, who eventually became my wife." Claire van Kampen is a director of music at the Globe с she composed the music for Antony & Cleopatra с and they live with her two children in Brixton, South London.
As the Globeнs artistic director, Rylance sits on many committees с "deciding everything from the colour of the carpet in the front lobby to what the theatre is doing on millennium night". But acting remains his first love. He is best known for his acclaimed Hamlet (1989), and was named Best Actor at the 1994 Laurence Olivier Awards for Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. His Macbeth, set in the world of religious cults, was less well received. Especially when Lady Macbeth relieved herself on stage. "I should have made it clear that it was лa version of Macbethн. It was like a cover of a classic song с лHey Judeн played on garbage cans."
When he finishes as the Globeнs artistic director in 2001, Rylance may return to run Phoebus Cart, the theatre company he founded in 1990.
"I sometimes wonder why I took the first Ј10,000 I made in Hearts of Fire and invested it in my own theatre company. I remember my agent saying, лIf you donнt get into the film business, youнll never own a flat.н Well, I still donнt own a flat. I live above a betting shop in Brixton. And my generation of actors с people like Gary Oldman с have really made money. So why did I keep playing Shakespeare? Itнs like someone was guiding me all this time to get the necessary experience to run the Globe."
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