Transport for London
Northern line Bank branch to re-open on Monday 16 May following completion of latest works
The final stages of work at Bank station will be completed by the end of the year, with work continuing on step-free access to the Northern line, a new station entrance and new, easier and more direct interchanges between the DLR, Northern and Central lines.
The Bank branch of the Northern line will re-open on schedule on Monday 16 May, after a 17-week planned closure as part of the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade project. Customers will be able to use Northern line services at all Bank branch stations between Kennington and Moorgate again from this date.
In addition, the new, wider southbound Northern line platform and spacious new customer concourse at Bank station will open to customers for the first time on the same day. Transport for London's (TfL's) project team have worked throughout the 17-week closure to safely finalise work on the brand-new Northern line tunnel and passenger concourse. They have also completed three new passageways, which will make moving around the station quicker and easier for Northern line customers, who should follow the new signage and directions from London Underground staff as they familiarise themselves with the new layout.
The last day of service for the Route 733 bus, which was introduced specifically for the Bank branch closure period, will be Friday 13 May.
The upgrade of Bank station will see its capacity increased by 40 per cent when work finishes later this year, with improvements still to come including step-free access to the Northern line and improved access to the DLR platforms, two new moving walkways, 12 new escalators and two new lifts. There will also be more direct routes within the station and a new station entrance on Cannon Street. Improving Bank station, at the heart of London's financial district, by addressing long-standing capacity issues and making journeys through Bank safer, easier, quicker and more comfortable when fully complete later in 2022 is critical to supporting the growth and success of the City.
Work that has been completed at Bank station during the closure period includes:
- Connecting the new southbound Northern line tunnel to the existing railway
- Converting the former southbound Northern line platform, which was built more than 100 years ago, into a new, spacious customer concourse
- Installing all new track and railway systems within the new tunnel, followed by commissioning activities using multiple test trains
- Fitting out the new station areas, which included installing flooring, wall coverings and signage on the new southbound Northern line platform
Stuart Harvey, Chief Capital Officer at Transport for London, yesterday said:
"I'm delighted to confirm that we're on schedule to fully re-open the Northern line on Monday 16 May after successfully completing the challenging next phase of vital upgrade works at Bank station. I'd like to thank our customers for their patience during this closure. The improvements we're making at Bank station will be finished by the end of this year and will totally transform customer journeys through the station. Anyone who's familiar with Bank station will know how its labyrinthian layout can be confusing and time-consuming to navigate.
"Northern line customers now have a new, wider southbound platform and spacious customer concourse. The countdown is on for completing the rest of this major upgrade which is one of the largest and most complicated subterranean railway complexes in the world."
During the closure of the Bank branch of the Northern line, essential work was also carried out at other stations including London Bridge, Borough and Elephant & Castle so that future disruption to customers would be minimised. This included work on lifts and escalators, as well as refurbishment work at Borough, and enabling works for the future Elephant & Castle station upgrade.
The next phase of works at Bank station will now turn to the key interchange connections which includes the new escalators linking the Northern line to the DLR, and the two new moving walkways and three new escalators connecting the Northern and Central lines.
TfL is reminding customers to continue to check before they travel in the final week of the closure of the Bank branch between Kennington and Moorgate, as many lines and stations across central London are busier as a result. Customers can check how busy their station is before they travel, using the TfL website's Journey Planner or via the TfL Go app.
Full travel advice is available at tfl.gov.uk/northern-line-closure.
Notes to Editors
- The Bank Station Capacity Upgrade project has been ongoing since 2016. More information is available on the project webpage at: gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/bank-and-monument
- There will be a wider closure on the Northern line from Charing Cross to Battersea Power Station, and Euston to Stockwell (via Bank), on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May to enable final works to be carried out before the Bank branch of the Northern line re-opens the following day. Information about these closures will be available through TfL's usual information channels, including the TfL website
- Much of the work completed for the project has been intricate and complicated, with 31 listed buildings at street level above the new tunnels, and foundations for other buildings that had to be tunnelled through. The work was completed by teams of engineers working in shifts around the clock, and despite the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, is on track to be delivered as planned later this year and within the £700m budget
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