Thursday, 24 December 2015

MAJOR UPGRADE TO BANK STATION

Major upgrade of Bank Tube station gets the green light for work to begin
·         Department for Transport grants permission for the station transformation
·         Government approval means that the £563m upgrade of London Underground’s third busiest station is set to begin next year
·         Bank Tube station will be dramatically transformed to increase capacity, reduce interchange times and improve accessibility
·         The majority of construction work will take place behind the scenes with the station remaining open to customers
·         Images are available at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/tflpress/albums/72157662521120745
 
The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have announced that work to dramatically transform and improve Bank Tube station will begin in the new year after the plans were given the go-ahead by Government.
The £563m upgrade will increase the busy station’s capacity by 40 per cent, improving accessibility and reducing interchange times when it is completed in 2021. Now approved, the station becomes the latest in a series of major upgrades taking place across the Capital.
Bank is the third busiest station on the Tube network and is used by over 52 million passengers per year, with demand having risen by 50 per cent over the last 10 years. Improving the station is critical to keep London working and growing and is a key step in TfL’s future plan to increase frequency on the Northern line.
This vital interchange – at the heart of the City of London – will be modernised to include:
·      A new railway tunnel and platform for the Northern line that will reduce interchange times and create more space for passengers
·         Step-free access to the Northern line and DLR platforms
·         More direct routes, with two new moving walkways
·         Three new lifts and 12 new escalators
·         A new station entrance in Cannon Street
The station will remain open to customers throughout the work. TfL will ensure the majority of construction work takes place below ground to minimise construction impact on the historically significant site, which is bordered by 31 listed buildings.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “Bank is a vital interchange for passengers and it is crucial that the station is able to keep up with the increasing demand placed on it. These exciting plans will completely transform the station, making it more accessible and much easier for everyone to use. It’s great news for the tens of thousands who use the station every day that these plans have been approved, and is another major step in our work to transform the network and support our growing Capital.”
Nick Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “Improving Bank station is at the heart of our multi-billion pound investment programme to improve and expand the Tube. This critical and ambitious station upgrade will create a new southbound Northern line railway tunnel and platform to vastly reduce interchange times. A new station entrance on Cannon Street will also be constructed alongside a range of other major improvements to create more direct routes, improving accessibility for the millions of Tube customers who use Bank station each year.”
The redevelopment will complement current work to create a new entrance to the Waterloo & City line. Just metres away from Walbrook Square, the new entrance will offer two new lifts, four new escalators and a new ticket hall when it opens in late 2017.
London's population is set to grow from 8.6m today to around 10m by 2030 - an extra Tube train full of people every three days. Redevelopment work to increase capacity at key stations and make them step-free is underway at a number of stations, including Tottenham Court Road, Victoria and Bond Street. Crossrail will deliver 10 per cent additional capacity to London’s rail network.
 

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