bank station

The UK’s London Underground (LU) has started work on a new entrance at Bank Tube station, which aims to reduce congestion through the station.

There will be further disruptions on the network as the DLR, Waterloo & City and Northern lines are set to undergo an upgrade.

Beginning this weekend, the £57m upgrade will see parts of Bank Station closed for up to ten months.

When it opens in late 2017, the new entrance to the Waterloo & City line will feature two new lifts, four new escalators and a new ticket hall.

LU construction programme director Miles Ashley said: "This new Tube entrance will be only a stone’s throw away from the Bank of England, providing direct access to the heart of the City of London’s financial district.

"This new Waterloo & City line entrance will make journeys swifter and easier for the hundreds of thousands of Tube customers who use Bank station every day."

"With a design nod to the City’s ancient Roman past, this new Waterloo & City line entrance will make journeys swifter and easier for the hundreds of thousands of Tube customers who use Bank station every day."

The new entrance will be located beneath Bloomberg’s new European headquarters.

In order to link the new entrance with the existing platforms, LU engineers and contractors Hochtief will also build two new 5.5m-long passenger tunnels.

In the meantime, Waterloo & City line subway, which provides routes to and from DLR and Northern line platforms, will be closed from 8 November until August 2016.

While parts of the station is closed, customers changing between the Waterloo & City line, DLR and Northern line will travel through the Northern ticket hall on weekdays, and via the Central line platforms at weekends.


Image: Waterloo & City line train at Bank station. Photo: courtesy of Sunil060902 via Wikipedia.