New Interchange Route Opens between Northern Line and DLR at Bank Station

A new interchange route between Bank station’s Northern line and DLR concourses has been opened by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

It’s estimated that 40% of Bank passengers use the station to change between these London Underground lines.

New interchange for Bank station at Northern Line
New interchange for Bank station at Northern Line

With three escalators, the new route will make it easier for passengers to move around the station, and could lower journey times by up to nine minutes.

This work is part of the larger Bank Station Capacity Upgrade (BSCU) project, which will increase capacity by 40%.

This is scheduled for completion by the end of the year within its 700 million GBP (810m EUR | 784.95m USD) budget.

Since the upgrade began in 2016, more than 1,000 metres of new tunnels have been constructed and over 200,000 tonnes of material excavated.

A new station entrance on Walbrook opened in November 2018, improving access to the Waterloo & City line, and a new station entrance on Cannon Street has now been constructed, with fit-out work continuing at pace.

A wider southbound Northern line platform and customer concourse opened in May alongside a new southbound tunnel connected to the existing railway.

Work still to be completed includes a new interchange route between the Northern and Central lines, which will have two 95-metre moving walkways and three new escalators.

Bank station already has 19 escalators and will have 27 once the works are complete. This will be the largest number on the Tube network.

Two new lifts will also provide step free access to the Northern Line at Bank for the first time, and step-free access to the DLR is also being improved.

Stuart Harvey, Chief Capital Officer at Transport for London (TfL), said:

“Anyone familiar with the previous layout at Bank station will know that it was confusing and constrained, leading to frequent congestion and long interchange times.

“From today, the journeys of customers interchanging between the Northern line and DLR will be hugely improved, with three new escalators whisking them between these lines and shaving up to nine minutes off their journeys.

“The countdown continues for the completion of this complex upgrade, which is on track to transform Bank station into a modern, flagship gateway to London’s financial centre.”

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