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Mind the gap: London’s Northern Line to be partly closed in the New Year

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Considered one of central London’s key Tube strains is to shut for 4 months from 15 January 2022.

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Transport for London (TfL) says the Metropolis department of the Northern Line will cease working “to facilitate advanced last phases of labor” on Financial institution station.

The closure will take away companies between Moorgate – serving the north of the Metropolis of London – and Kennington in south London, the place it rejoins the Charing Cross department of the Northern Line.

It means the important thing Nationwide Rail termini of King’s Cross, St Pancras and London Bridge will lose their connections with the Metropolis, in addition to Angel station serving Islington.

The closure is not going to instantly have an effect on different routes via Financial institution Station – the Central Line, Waterloo and Metropolis Line and the Docklands Gentle Railway – although passengers will be unable to attach.

Monument, the Circle and District Line station that’s a part of the identical advanced as Financial institution, will proceed to function.

“These adjustments will assist to deal with long-standing capability points on the station and make journeys via Financial institution simpler, faster and extra snug,” says TfL.

The work ought to create 40 per cent extra space throughout the station, in addition to step-free entry to the Northern line for the primary time at Financial institution and improved entry to the Docklands Gentle Railway. However because the work was deliberate, passenger numbers on the Tube have halved as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Moorgate and Kennington are the one places the place trains may be circled at both aspect of the Financial institution venture work.

TfL says companies on the Charing Cross department will likely be “enhanced,” whereas a brief new bus route between Oval and the Metropolis – quantity 733 – “will be certain that clients in south London are capable of attain the realm simply”.

Previous to the disaster, the Northern Line was the busiest on the London Underground system, with simply over a million clients utilizing it every working day.

The related Financial institution and Monument stations have been among the many busiest on the Tube community, with a mean of one-third of 1,000,000 passengers every day.

A former London Underground civil engineer, Ian Robins, stated: “Financial institution station has grown enormously within the final 50 odd years, from a narrow-platformed Northern and Central Line station with a subway connection to Monument station to an enormous interchange with Docklands Gentle Railway.

“All this has been a ‘shoehorn’ expertise, juggling in 3D what is feasible while retaining security foremost.”

The reopening date given by TfL is mid-Might 2022.

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