Impact of Northern Line Closure

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 9th February 2022.

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Photo of Emma Best Emma Best Conservative

How many passengers per day do you forecast will be affected by the closure of the Northern line Bank branch between Kennington and Moorgate?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) is running a full-scale, pan-London communications campaign to give customers the tools and advice they need to re-time, re-route or use alternative public transport for their journeys, in order to help minimise the impact of the closure.

In addition, TfL is providing alternative public transport for the duration of the closure, including increasing the frequency of Northern line trains on the Charing Cross branch from 24 trains an hour to 32 trains an hour at the height of the peak, and the introduction of a new bus route (number 733) running between Oval/Kennington, Elephant & Castle, London Bridge and the City.

TfL passenger forecasts for short to medium term post-pandemic recovery suggest that 155,000 weekday trips per peak period will be directly affected by the Northern line closure, meaning customers need to change their journey. The government ‘work from home’ guidance at the beginning of the closure meant that these numbers were further reduced in the short term.