#StationStories - the Bank edition
We now arrive at Bank, the next station on our #StationStories tour!
Lines: Central, Northern, Waterloo and City and Docklands Light Railway
Bio: It’s no surprise that Bank is one of London’s busiest tube stations. Interlinked with Monument underground station, Bank hosts 10 platforms, five Underground lines and experienced 52 million entries and exits in 2014 alone - no wonder it’s so busy! This is great news for brands who want to reach a highly affluent, business audience in the heart of London.
As the name suggests, Bank station is named after the Bank of England, which is situated not far from the station in the historic City of London – now only a tiny part of the metropolis of London. Founded by the Romans in AD50 the City of London is based on the original Roman town of Londinium. Having grown in size, today the City of London is roughly bordered by Liverpool Street, Tower Hill, Blackfriars and Barbican Tube stations and is home to some of London’s best-loved attractions, including: Tower Bridge, The Monument, The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Museum of London, and St Dunstan in the East.
On 7th September 2003, Exercise Osiris, a disaster training exercise billed as ‘the most realistic live disaster exercise of its kind’, took place at the station. The event, lasting several hours and involving around 500 police, fire brigade, ambulance and London Underground personnel, was intended to prepare the emergency services for mass decontamination in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack.
Together, Bank and Monument form a public transport complex in the City of London. Monument station is named after the monument to the Great Fire of London, which is also the tallest isolated stone column in the world. Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill, not far from where the Great Fire started in 1666, and was built on the site of St. Margaret’s - the first church to be burnt down by the Great Fire.
Did you know?
• The longest continuous tunnel is on the Northern line and runs from East Finchley to Morden (via Bank), a total of 17.3 miles.
• In central London the deepest station below street level is also the Northern line. It is the DLR concourse at Bank, which is 41.4 metres below.
• The Central line has the most Tube stations with no surface building (Bank, Bethnal Green, Chancery Lane, Gants Hill, Notting Hill Gate).
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