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Northern line’s Bank branch reopening: What is different?

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/05/2022 Seren Morris
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Londoners will be delighted to hear that the Northern line’s Bank branch has reopened, making the Monday commute a lot smoother for thousands of workers.

The Bank branch has been closed since mid-January while Tfl carry out works to increase capacity at Bank Station, as well as making it easier to move within the station.

But, what will be different?

When did the Northern line reopen?

The Bank Branch of the Northern line will reopen on 16 May, 2022.

Northern Line stops reopening

The Northern line’s Bank branch has been closed between Kennington and Moorgate since January 2022, and there has been no Northern line at Bank, London Bridge, Borough, and Elephant and Castle.


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There have been fewer trains running at the Bank branch stations that have remained open.

Why did the Northern line close and what will be different?

TfL closed the Bank branch of the Northern line to carry out building work that would increase the station’s capacity.

The interchange between Bank and Monument is the third busiest on the Underground network, with more than 120 million passengers using both stations each year.

TfL has been working to increase capacity by 40% by adding new escalators, a new station entrance on Cannon Street, and more room for passengers.

The changes will also include more direct routes within the station and step-free access to the Northern line.

This month, passengers will get a new southbound platform and a new concourse. But commuters will need to wait until Autumn for a new DLR escalator and the opening of the Central line link.

The updates will be complete later this year, with the opening of a new station with step-free access on Cannon Street.

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