One of the major underground lines in central London will be closed for four months from January 15, 2022.
Transport for London (TfL) said the city’s Northern Line branch would be grounded “to facilitate the complex final stages of work” at Bank Station.
The shutdown will remove services between Moorgate – which serves north London City – and Kennington in south London, where it rejoins the Charing Cross branch of the northern line.
This means that the main national rail station at King’s Cross, St Pancras and London Bridge will lose its connections to the city, as well as Angel Station that serves Islington.
The closure will not directly affect other routes through Bank Station – Central Line, Waterloo, City Line and Docklands Light Rail – although passengers will not be able to connect.
The Monument, Circle and District Line station that are part of the same Bank complex will continue to operate.
“These changes will help address long-term capacity issues at the station and make trips across the bank easier, faster and more comfortable,” says TfL.
The report warns: “There will be fewer northern trains between Camden Town and Moorgate.”
in a tweetTfL said: “Many stations in central London will be very crowded. Travel to the City of London and Canary Wharf will likely be affected.
“If possible, travel at quieter times.”
The work should provide 40 percent more space within Bank station, as well as stepless access to the Bank’s first Northern Line and improved access to Docklands Light Rail. But since work was planned, the number of passengers on the tube has been halved due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Moorgate and Kennington are the only two locations where trains can turn on either side of the Bank’s project work.
TfL says services at its Charing Cross branch will be “boosted”, while a new temporary bus line between Oval and the city – number 733 – “will ensure that customers in south London are able to reach the area easily”.
Before the crisis, the Northern Line was the busiest in the London Underground system, with just over a million customers using it every working day.
Ian Robbins, a former civil engineer for the London Underground, said: “Bank Station has grown exponentially in the past 50 years, from a narrow Northern Line and Central Line station with an Underground connection to Monument Station to a massive junction with the Docklands Light Railway.
“All of this was a ‘shoe horn’ experiment, manipulating in 3D what’s possible while keeping safety first.”
The e-scooter company, Dott, says it has parking close to all affected stations, and is offering a limited half-price deal for Northern Line users.
The reopening date given by TfL is mid-May 2022.
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