Northern Line Shutdown: Which Stations Are Closing And Why?


Ondan commuters are facing four months of trouble this year as one of the capital’s busiest tube lines will be partially closed while upgrades take place.

With just over a week left for work to begin, here’s everything you need to know about the closure of Northern Line.

Who will be affected and which stations are closing?

From 15 January, the Bank branch of the Northern Line will be closed between Kennington and Moorgate for 17 weeks, meaning there will be no Northern Line services to or from Elephant and Castle, Borough, London Bridge and Bank stations.

While services on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line will run as usual, with trains every two minutes during peak hours, TfL has warned that services and stations will be busier than usual.

Waterloo, London Bridge, Tottenham Court Road and Embankment stations are expected to be “extraordinarily busy” during peak hours according to TfL, while stations including Moorgate, King’s Cross, Camden Town and Westminster will be “very busy”.


With commuters advised to seek alternative routes during the shutdown, TfL anticipates a knock-on effect on other tube lines, with the Jubilee Line, Waterloo and City Lines and the Circle Line all expected to be busier than usual. Is.

TfL advises Tube passengers to travel at quieter times if possible to avoid overcrowding – this is usually between 8:45 am and 4:30 pm and then again in the evening on weekdays. Happens after 6:45 p.m., while quiet hours on weekends are usually before and after noon. 6:45 pm.

During the Northern Line closure, TfL will also run a temporary bus service – 733 – between The Oval and Finsbury Circus on weekdays.

Why is the Northern Line closing?

The Northern Line is being partially closed so that TfL Bank can complete the £700 million upgrade to the station.

The bank, together with the connected Monument station, was one of the busiest on London’s transport network before the pandemic, seeing 120 million passengers in a typical year.

The upgrade will increase Bank Station’s capacity by 40 percent, while a new entrance will be built on Cannon Street. The work will also lead to step-free access to the Northern Line and better access to the DLR.