The Bank branch of the Northern Line is on schedule to reopen on Monday May 16, TfL has confirmed.
Northern Line services between Kennington and Moorgate have been suspended since January 15 so that upgrades to Bank station can be completed.
The upgrades will see passenger capacity at Bank station increased by 40 percent, with a new entrance on Cannon Street, a new passenger concourse and a new southbound platform.
On Monday, TfL confirmed that the new platform and concourse at Bank would be open on May 16 as Bank branch services on the Northern Line would resume following a five-month hiatus.
TfL’s Chief Capital Officer, Stuart Harvey, said that Bank station’s “labyrinthian layout” can be “confusing and time-consuming to navigate”, but that the upgrades will “totally transform customer journeys through the station”.
Harvey said: “I’m delighted to confirm that we’re on schedule to fully reopen the Northern line on Monday May 16 after successfully completing the challenging next phase of vital upgrade works at Bank station. I’d like to thank our customers for their patience during this closure
“Northern line customers now have a new, wider southbound platform and spacious customer concourse. The countdown is on for completing the rest of this major upgrade which is one of the largest and most complicated subterranean railway complexes in the world.”
While Bank will reopen on May 16, work will continue on the station, which will include getting new escalators up and running which will link the Northern Line to the DLR, two new moving walkways to speed up interchange times and three new escalators linking the Northern and Central lines.
The reopening of Northern Line services on the Bank branch comes just one week before the opening of the Elizabeth Line in central London.