A Huge Section Of The Bank Branch Has Closed For Four Months

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Last Updated 27 January 2022

A Huge Section Of The Bank Branch Has Closed For Four Months
a construction worker in orange walks down one of the tunnels at bank
Major upheaval at Bank means 17 weeks of no Bank branch. Image: TfL

A large section of the Northern line's Bank branch has closed till early summer — meaning many commuters and passengers will need to change their usual route.

Until mid-May 2022, there are no trains between Kennington and Moorgate. Why? Because of the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade, where they're building a brand new platform plus introducing various accessibility improvements, at what is the busiest interchange on the tube network.

a tube map showing the closed section of the bank branch
What the Northern lines will look like for 17 weeks of 2022. Image: TfL

So how are south Londoners going to commute to and from the City?

A temporary new bus route — the 733 from Oval to Finsbury Square — is in use on weekdays (running every 7-8 minutes).

And the Waterloo & City line is running a full service again on weekdays, offering an alternative route to and from the City.

Unfortunately, the improvement works at Bank also mean a reduced service between Camden Town and Moorgate; to ease this, TfL is promising a train at least every two minutes running on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line, during peak times.

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a sorry looking Bank roundel
Bank's upgrade is long overdue. Image: M@/Londonist

TfL predicts Waterloo, Embankment, Tottenham Court Road and London Bridge will get especially busy at peak times over the 17 weeks of works, and has several suggestions on how to avoid the worst of the various inconveniences.

Still, when we've got Bank station 2.0, hopefully we'll find this has all been worthwhile.