Northern Line closure 2022 – what you need to know

The Northern Line is closed for 17 weeks from the 15th January. Here’s everything you need to know – including how to get to Elephant & Castle.

Arts and culture
  • 28 January 2022

Why is the Northern Line closing?

The section of the Northern Line between Kennington and Moorgate has closed to allow essential improvement works to be carried out at Bank Station. These were planned closures for 2021 but put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Safe to say Bank Station itself is notorious to London commuters for overcrowding, confusing layouts, and many entrances and exits. We look forward to seeing the upgrade between Kennington and Moorgate and the benefits it will bring to people commuting to and from Elephant & Castle.

What the works at Bank should do is increase the capacity at the station by 40%, according to the Transport for London website, and create more direct routes to platforms. Happy days! 
What stops will be most affected? 

While the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line will still service most of the stations on the Northern Line, there are 4 which will receive no Northern Line service at all. These are: Elephant & Castle, Borough, London Bridge and Bank. To view the TFL Northern Line closure map, click here.

The services that continue running on the Charing Cross branch will be busier than usual, so researching other methods of transport or routes may be a wise thing to do. 

How do I get to Elephant & Castle, without the Northern Line?

Fear not, dear visitor – there are still plenty of ways for you to get to Elephant & Castle, during the Northern Line closure 2022!

Elephant & Castle Station is the southern terminus of the Bakerloo line, which you can easily catch from Central London tube stops like Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus or Regent’s Park. It also connects directly with major train stations like Marylebone, Charing Cross, and Paddington. 

If you’re coming from North Westerly parts of the City like Wembley, you’ll also find various stops up to the other terminus at Harrow & Wealdstone. Southwark Station, a 13-minute walk from Elephant & Castle, is also serviced by the Jubilee line, which connects our area all the way from Stratford in East London to Stanmore in the Northwest. 

If you're using public transport...

If seeking other modes of transport, you have plenty of options. Thameslink services connect Elephant & Castle station to 115 others, and it’s only a 15-minute service to St. Pancras International.

If you’re catching a bus, over 28 bus routes service the area around Elephant & Castle Station, linking to almost all other parts of London. To view them all, take a look at the map of bus routes

If you want to cycle...

London has a great network of cycle lanes too, some of which lead right into the heart of Elephant & Castle. Cycling along superhighway 6, (CS6) you can jump into the saddle from Kings Cross, or you can pedal your way from South West London along Cycle Superhighway 7 (CS7) from Colliers Wood.

If you don’t fancy cycling on one of the superhighways, there are also several quiet routes you can enjoy while taking in the beauty of London. Take a look at the map of the cycle routes in London.

If you don’t have your own bike, don’t forget you can hop onto one of the Santander bikes, more commonly known in London as Boris Bikes – you’ll find multiple docking stations scattered around Elephant Park. Halfords is also offering Northern Line commuters free e-bike loans to help with tube closures! So, if you’re in the market for an electric bike and affected by the closures – now might be a good time to take the plunge!

If you want to walk...

If all else fails, or you just fancy getting some extra steps and fresh air, remember Elephant & Castle is in Zone 1. This means that getting here from all over London is relatively easy by foot. Here are a few examples of how long it takes to walk here from central spots… 

Kennington – 13 minute walk
Waterloo – 16 minute walk
London Bridge – 21 minute walk
Bank – 28 minute walk


For all the latest updates on the Northern Line closure 2022, take a look at the Transport for London website, or why not follow them on Twitter?