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Bank tube station

Bank tube station is the London Underground station serving the Bank of England and surrounding area, located on the Central Line, the Northern Line (City Branch), the Waterloo and City Line and the Docklands Light Railway. Bank station also gives underground pedestrian access via a number of escalators to Monument tube station on the Circle and District Lines; the two stations are effectively one station with two separate entrances. The Waterloo & City platforms are connected to the Central Line booking hall by two slightly inclined moving walkways.

History

The first part of the complex to be opened was Monument, in 1884. Next, in 1898, came the Waterloo & City Railway's station, then known as City. The first station to be known as Bank opened in early 1900 when the City and South London Railway (now part of the Northern Line) opened its new extension to Moorgate[?]. The eastern terminus of the Central London Railway (today's Central Line) followed in July of that year. The deep-level stations were linked by underground passages at an early stage, but the escalator link to Monument had to wait until 1933. The DLR arrived at Bank in 1991, bringing with it a connection from the Central Line to Monument without walking down the Northern Line platform.

Trivia

  • London's first public toilet was located close to the Royal Exchange[?] exit of Bank station.
  • The Bank of England exit of the station is built into the Bank itself, and is the only grade I listed building on the Underground network.

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