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Nick Hill

Bank Station to cause tube congestion with £57m revamp

London commuters will be hit with more disruption as the DLR, Waterloo & City, and Northern lines are set to undergo a £57m upgrade.

The multi-million scheme will see parts of Bank Station closed for up to 10 months, beginning this weekend.

The Bank & Monument station complex is the Tube network’s fourth busiest interchange, and caters for 98 million passengers a year, so there is likely going to be large scale congestion for commuters in the city.

However, parts of the station will remain open through the work, and the upgrade’s long-term aim is to significantly reduce congestion.

In the meantime, Waterloo & City line subway, which provides routes to and from DLR and Northern line platforms, will be closed from Sunday 8 November until August 2016.

Once the work is completed, Waterloo & City line’s new entrance will feature two new lifts, four new escalators and a new ticket hall.

Miles Ashley, London Underground’s construction programme director, said: “This new Tube entrance will be only a stone’s throw away from the Bank of England – providing direct access to the heart of the City of London’s financial district.

“With a design nod to the City’s ancient Roman past, this new Waterloo & City line entrance will make journeys swifter and easier for the hundreds of thousands of Tube customers who use Bank station every day.”

While parts of the station is closed, customers changing between the Waterloo & City line, DLR and Northern line will travel via the Northern ticket hall on weekdays, and via the Central line platforms at weekends.

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