If you haven’t ventured into Bank Underground station, we’re going to spoil the surprise for you now: it’s pretty big. And while the sheer number of Tube lines running through it does technically make it a godsend for the trip to work, the walk between each platform can often make that hard to remember.
But, dear commuters. That mild irritation is about to become a thing of the past (for some of you, anyway). Should you ever need to change between the Northern line and DLR at Bank, you’ll now be able to do so up to nine minutes faster.
In the latest changes to Bank station, a brand new interchange has arrived today (October 13) – giving passengers a faster and more direct route between lines. Three new escalators have been installed between the two lines’ concourses which is key in making the transfer up to nine minutes faster.
Major work to upgrade Bank station began in 2016, and once fully complete will see the station’s capacity increased by 40% as well as more route enhancements, including another interchange between the Central and Northern lines. Once work is complete, Bank station will have 27 escalators – a significant rise from its current 19. Bank and Monument stations, which are interconnected, serve five different lines across the TfL network
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Seb Dance, said: “From today, commuters changing between the Northern line and DLR at Bank station will have an incredible nine minutes shaved off their journey times as the next phase of vital upgrades to the station are completed.
“There are still more upgrades to come and once complete the transformed station will have 40 per cent more capacity supporting the recovery, growth and success of the City of London, addressing long-standing capacity issues and making journeys through Bank quicker, easier, and more comfortable.
“The Mayor and I are continuing to build a better, safer and more prosperous London for everyone and these improvements mark another step towards a modern, accessible station in the heart of the city.”