New entrance for one of London’s busiest Tube stations finally opens

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Bank station’s new entrance at Cannon Street has finally opened – marking the end of a seven-year £700 million overhaul

The latest entrance is now the 17th, which can be used by passengers between interlinking Bank and Monument stations.

It’s particularly good news for those wanting to travel on the Northern Line as Tube-goers now have step-free access to it.

The overhaul has also provided improved access to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) platforms, which you can now get to in just 40 seconds via lift. 

The entrance will give Bank station 40% more capacity through the ticket hall, two new lifts and six new escalators. 

Andy Lord, London’s transport commissioner, said it marked ‘a hugely important moment for the Square Mile, which is now served by a modern, accessible station with vastly improved capacity.’

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, gave his stamp or approval to the project which he said has ‘transformed Bank into a world class station’.

During a visit yesterday, he said: ‘It serves arguably the most important financial district in Europe and it’s right and proper that it’s got public transport [fit for] the importance of this area.

But he claimed ‘government failures to invest in public transport mean this is the last big infrastructure project we have’.

Mr Khan went on: ‘The government’s got to realise, you can’t stand still as a city – or with public transport.

‘The worry is, at the moment, we’ve got support for capital for this year, but it dries up next year, which means unfortunately, the progress we’ve made in our capital over the last six, seven years stopping.’

While the upgrade at Bank station is now complete, there is still further construction to be done for an over-site development which will be built on top.

The latest additions mean Bank now has 27 escalators altogether – more than any other station on the Tube network.

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