The Bank branch of the Northern line will reopen next Monday (May 16) after being shut for five months.
The line, which includes Southwark stations London Bridge, Borough, Elephant and Castle and Kennington, was closed for seventeen weeks from January 15 to improve connections between the different parts of the station.
- 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 concourse
- Installing all new track and railway systems within the new tunnel
- Fitting out the new station areas, which included installing flooring, wall coverings and signage on the new southbound Northern line platform
There is still work to come on the station, which will be finished by the end of the year. That includes step-free access to the Northern line and improved access to the DLR platforms, two new moving walkways, twelve new escalators and two new lifts.
Stuart Harvey, chief capital officer at Transport for London, said: “I’m delighted to confirm that we’re on schedule to fully re-open the Northern line on Monday, May 16 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.”