TfL has announced that Northern line trains on the Bank branch won't stop at Kennington station for five months, later this year.
Due to the Northern line extension, Bank branch trains won't stop at Kennington from 26 May until mid-September 2018. Kennington station will remain open, and trains on the Morden-Charing Cross line will stop at Kennington, but there will be no interchange for the Bank branch at Kennington.
The closure is to allow four new customer passageways to be built to connect to the Northern line extension to Battersea, due to open in 2020.
During the non-stopping period, there will be more direct trains to/from Morden via the Charing Cross branch, with one approximately every 10 minutes throughout the day. This means there will be a slightly reduced service on the Bank branch.
Stuart Harvey, TfL’s Director of Major Projects, said:
We apologise to Northern line customers and to local residents for the disruption this will cause to their journeys. The Bank branch platforms at Kennington are simply too narrow to allow us to safely carry out this vital work behind hoardings while keeping the platforms open.
Running Bank branch trains through Kennington without stopping will allow us to build the additional passageways we need in the quickest and least disruptive way possible, and are essential to enable customers to access the new Northern Line Extension when it opens.
TfL recently started running more frequent trains on the Northern line during the peak evening rush hour.