Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Commuters and travelers en route to London are being urged to plan their journeys as part of one of the busiest underground lines closes today for the next 17 weeks.

A great deal of work is beginning on the Northern Line with popular tube stations Bank and London Bridge among those who will be severely affected by the shutdown.

Plan your trip in advance is the request for those going to London
Plan your trip in advance is the request for those going to London

Transport for London warns customers on their way to the capital either for work or pleasure that they will have to monitor their travels closely.

If possible, people are asked to travel at quieter times, as work is set to end services at a number of stations and, as a result, make other subway stations and lines “exceptionally busy”.

The four-month closure should allow for improvements in Bank to increase the station’s capacity, provide stepless access and make travel easier.

But the scale of the work and the layout of the pipeline network mean that Northern Line, at the line’s Bank branch, will have to be closed between Kennington and Moorgate.

This means there will be no Northern Line service at Bank, London Bridge, Borough and Elephant and Castle until mid-May along with a reduced route between Camden Town and Moorgate.

The work must last 17 weeks
The work must last 17 weeks

There will be additional underground services and a new bus route to compensate for the closure, including an improved service with a train at least every two minutes on the Charing Cross side of the Northern Line.

Despite the additional options, TfL says many stations in central London will be under pressure until mid-May.

TfL asks customers to travel at quieter times or use alternative routes during the extensive closing.

Quieter times on subway and rail services are currently between 8.45 and 16.30, transport officials say, and after 18.45 during the week.

Travelers can also check how busy stations they want to use, using the TfL website’s Journey Planner service or via the TfL Go app.

There will be more bus connections as part of the efforts to compensate for the closure
There will be more bus connections as part of the efforts to compensate for the closure

Andy Lord, CEO of London Underground, said: “We ask customers to consider taking travel at a different time or via a different route using alternative underground lines or options for rail, bus, walking or cycling.

“We are introducing an increased service at the Charing Cross department and a new bus route into the city, which will help people get around during the closure.

The Bank Station Capacity Upgrade will be an important boost for the City of London and the capital in general after a difficult period.

“We understand that the changes can be frustrating for customers, but would like to assure them that this work is important and will bring many benefits.

“Additionally, we will use this closure as an opportunity to improve other stations as well as perform maintenance to minimize future disruption.”

Full travel advice prior to closing is available by clicking here.

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