Bank branch London Underground trains won’t stop at Kennington station for almost four months this year so that the vital extension to the Northern line can be carried out.
Transport for London (TfL) says that these trains won’t run between the end of May and mid-September to allow four new passageways to be built – an important element of the Northern Line extension.
These passageways will help customers change between different branches of the Northern line once they are complete, and will be essential to use for those who wish to use the Northern line extension from Kennington to Battersea Power Station, once it is completed in 2020.
In their current guise, the Bank branch platforms are too narrow for TfL to complete work behind the hoardings while simultaneously keeping platforms open.
Therefore, these Victorian-era platforms will be shut so that new passageways can be constructed.
It is part of the wider Northern line extension between Battersea and Kennington, which will increase the capacity of the Underground network and continues the trend of making improvements on the Tube.
The scheme is also crucial for regeneration in Nine Elms, Vauxhall and Battersea; work will help to create 25,000 jobs and better transport links will help to unlock the construction of in excess of 20,000 homes, helping to also fight against the housing shortage in the capital city.
Construction work on the extension will also create jobs in the industry, including 50 apprenticeships.
TfL will provide more detailed, tailored travel advice for those that need it.
Stuart Harvey is TfL’s Director of Major Projects. He explained the need for this closure.
“The Bank branch platforms at Kennington are simply too narrow to allow us to safely carry out this vital work behind hoardings while keeping the platforms open.
“Running Bank branch trains through Kennington without stopping will allow us to build the additional passageways we need in the quickest and least disruptive way possible, and are essential to enable customers to access the new Northern line extension when it opens.”