Transport for London has just announced that changing between lines at Bank tube station will not be possible from the end of this month until the middle of next year.

The only exemption is between the DLR and the Northern line – which is a bit of a pain for me as I usually switch to the Central line on the times I take the DLR into town and don’t get off and walk the rest of the way.

As the entrances are not closed off, I presume you can go up to street level and then back down to the line you want.

It also coincides with the closure of Tower Gateway this summer, so people getting to/from the City are going to have a great time this year.

Bank is not, as is often reported the deepest tube station on the London Underground in terms of depth below sea level, that acolade goes to the Northern Line platforms at Waterloo station. However, thanks to hills in Nth London,  the deepest in terms of distance from surface to station is Hampstead station on the Northern Line (again!).


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Article last updated: 20 March 2022 09:08


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  1. That press release is sort of vague, isn’t it?

    I’m still not clear precisely what won’t be able to access what from where. TfL’s advice seems to be more about how to avoid the station rather than how to use what few passageways are left.

    And they’re doing this “to ensure passenger safety while intensive work takes place on escalators at the stations.” Not even necessarily because they’re repairing all the escalators, but just because it gets a bit crowded.

    And does it really take 15 months to intensively repair some escalators, including some that were only installed last decade?

  2. IanVisits says:

    It is a rather wishy washy press release from them.

    Maybe a recky down there to sniff around after the closure just to find out what is going on 🙂

  3. Rob says:

    Ever since the refurbishment started, TfL have done a good job of advising people to avoid Bank station, although I have a feeling the only people who actually take notice of this are non-Londoners: after all, only an insane person would go as far as the eastern reaches of the Jubilee line to avoid getting the DLR at Bank.

    The DLR to central line is one of the more complicated changes so it might involve coming up to ground level and back again, but I can’t see that taking much longer than it currently does – after all, it only involves one escalator to get to the central line platforms from the street.

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