15 SEPTEMBER 2014

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Article from BTNews 15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bank Station London

Business travellers, and others, who have cause to use the Underground station below the Bank of England, will be pleased to learn that plans are under way to completely rebuild the complex by 2021.  Presently the station, all beneath street level, is a complete maze and includes Monument on the District Line and misnamed Circle Line.

Assuming the project goes ahead, a new southbound Northern Line tunnel will be constructed together with wider platforms, more lifts and escalators, and a 96 metre moving walkway to speed up interchange between Tube lines.  Currently 98,000 customers go through Bank station in the morning peak.  However, when works are complete the station will be able to cater for more than 140,000 customers – an additional 43%.  Travellers unused to the complexity of the place will often emerge on the surface completely befuddled.

With funding in place and the relevant powers obtained from Government, construction of the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade would begin in 2016 with the station improvements taking five years to complete.  Feedback from four public consultations has shown very strong public support for the scheme. www.tfl.gov.uk

(Your Editor hopes that TfL will now confirm what it plans to do about Camden Town, also on the Northern Line.  The train crossover slows the whole system and the station is from the 1930s.)

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