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Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

TfL has cautioned passengers on the Northern Line about upgrade works which mean Bank branch services will go for a 5-month period without stopping at Kennington.

Starting on 26 May and finishing in mid-September, the work is part of the organisation’s plans to extend the Northern Line between Kennington and Battersea Power Station.

Engineers will construct four new passageways allowing passengers to change between branches more quickly and easily.

Stuart Harvey, TfL’s director of major projects, said the plans represented the “quickest and least disruptive” method of completing this section of the extension project.

While the upgrades are underway, officials have announced a temporary timetable from Morden on the Charing Cross branch, although Bank branch services will be reduced.

“We apologise to Northern Line customers and to local residents for the disruption this will cause to their journeys,” Harvey said.

“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.”

In November, RTM reported on an important milestone in the extension programme when TfL announced that it had completed the tunnel boring process, connecting Kennington and Battersea via Nine Elms.

The extension will make the City and the West End accessible from Battersea in just 15 minutes, and it is anticipated that it will encourage the regeneration of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea areas, with 25,000 new jobs and over 20,000 new homes.

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Andrew Gwilt   15/02/2018 at 20:31

Shame that the Northern Line isn’t going to extend to Clapham Junction so that passengers can interchange between Underground, Overground and National Rail. But Battersea tube station once built and completed won’t be too far from Clapham Junction and/or Battersea Park via walking distance. Aswell Nine Elms station that isn’t too far from Vauxhall station and is only walking distance between the 2 stations. As us passengers and ToC’s refer to as Out-of-Station-Interchange.

Philip Stubington   15/02/2018 at 23:46

@Andrew. Besides the cost, as I understand it there were two reasons for not running through to CJ. Firstly that they couldn't handle the likely volume of passengers changing there (and it would be a mess since they'd need to link the Northern Line to something like 18 main line platforms). Secondly a real worry that trains from CJ would be full by the time the reached Battersea.

Steven Hayter   16/02/2018 at 14:49

I understand that the modelling indicates that Crossrail 2 will need to be operational through Clapham Junction before the Northern Line could be extended there from Battersea, owing to capacity concerns, as Philip says.

Sean Farrell   16/02/2018 at 20:44

I've read this article and a number of others. Would bank branch trains traveling from tooting bec to London Bridge still be running?

Melvyn   16/02/2018 at 21:51

It's a pity Kennington Station is not gaining a full upgrade including step free access to all platforms given plans to seperate branches of Northern Line thus making some journeys more difficult if they don't match cross platform interchange direction.

James Palma   21/02/2018 at 08:17

Why apologise to passengers on the northern line? Who really wants to go to keennington anyway? Haha. Joke! I am sure the charring cross branch will be providing an alternative?

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