Work Will Close Northern Line Kennington Interchange

Local tube lines will be affected by long-term redevelopment

Northern line passengers will not be able to change at Kennington from Saturday (May 26) until mid-September, with the addition of a temporary timetable which will affect services through SW19.

It will allow four new customer passageways to be built as part of work on the Northern Line Extension.

Once complete, the passageways will make it quicker and easier for customers to change between different branches of the Northern line at Kennington, and will be essential for those using the new Northern Line Extension from Kennington to Battersea Power Station, which is due for completion in 2020.

The Victorian-era Bank branch platforms at Kennington are simply too narrow to enable Transport for London (TfL) to safely complete this essential work behind hoardings while keeping the platforms open.

South Wimbledon tubeThe non-stopping of Bank branch trains at Kennington, to enable the works to be completed, means there will be no interchange for Northern line customers between the Bank and Charing Cross branches during this period.

To help mitigate the impact, TfL will introduce a temporary timetable. This will mean more frequent, direct trains to and from Morden on the Charing Cross branch. However, there will be a slightly reduced, and therefore busier, service on the Bank branch.

The Victoria line will also be busier as customers seek alternative routes.

Kennington station will remain open for the duration of the work, with customers able to board trains northbound, via the Charing Cross branch, or southbound to Morden.

Detailed, tailored travel advice is available to help Northern and Victoria line customers plan their journeys. Customers are being advised to check their travel options including via posters and leaflets at affected stations, customer emails and information on the TfL website at

Extra staff will also be available at affected stations throughout the duration of the works to help customers with their journeys.

Nigel Holness, TfL’s Director of Network Operations, said: “We apologise to Northern and Victoria line customers and to local residents for the disruption this will cause to their journeys. The Bank branch platforms at Kennington are simply too narrow to allow us to safely carry out this vital work behind hoardings while keeping the platforms open.

“Running Bank branch trains through Kennington without stopping will allow us to build the additional passageways we need in the quickest and least disruptive way possible, and are essential to enable customers to access the new Northern Line Extension when it opens.”

Work on the new Northern Line Extension stations at Battersea and Nine Elms is progressing well. Major tunnelling finished at the end of last year and, over Christmas, the new and existing Northern line tunnels were connected for the first time.

May 24, 2018