The Anonymous Widower

Victorian Tunnelling Uncovered At Bank Station

I took these pictures on the Southbound platform of the Northern Line at Bank station.

They show the old Victorian lining to the tunnel.

This visualisation, shows what the new Bank station will look like.

Bank Tube Station Layout


  1. The current two Northern Line tunnels are furthest away in the visualisation, with the Northbound one on the outside.
  2. The lines are aligned left sides together, which is opposite to normal British practice.
  3. The stairs that lead down from the passageways in the middle, where the tunnel size changes to accommodate the current platforms.

The plan looks to be as follows.

  • A new Southbound tunnel will be dug to by-pass the current station. This tunnel is shown in the foreground.
  • The current Southbound tunnel will be closed to trains.
  • Southbound trains will be diverted to the new tunnel and possibly pass through Bank station without stopping for some time.
  • The former Northern tunnel will be used to increase space for the Northbound platform.

Could the fitting out of all the tunnels in the middle be done last, with trains passing through on the outside?

A similar procedure was used at Angel, which explains the extra wide Southbound platform.



March 7, 2018 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

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