London commuter chaos as Bank Station evacuated | UK | News

London commuters were evacuated from the station following a fire alert. Several passengers shared their frustrations on social media after the incident disrupted rush-hour journeys.

One commuter reported hearing the phrase “Inspector Sands” being played over the tannoy at the platform.

The coded message is used by the transport network to alert staff and relevant authorities of an emergency.

One passenger named Will tweeted: “Bank station closed again. Worst tube station in London.”

Lee SE12 wrote: “Travel: Bank Station closed, DLR terminating Tower Hill.”

Sam N said: “’Will Inspector Sands please report to the station office’ followed by leave the station immediately. #Bankstation.”

Kien Tan tweeted: “Inspector Sands has just been called to Bank Station and if this is a foretaste of next year’s @TfL Northern Line closure then… good luck.”

Transport for London (TfL) confirmed the London Fire Brigade attended the scene and all services have now re-opened. 

A spokesman for TfL said: “Bank station was closed due to a fire alert this morning.

“The area was checked and the all-clear given by London Fire Brigade as there was no fire.

“The station re-opened by 09 00, with all services restored.”

Bank is located in zone one on the London Underground network.

The busy station connects the Central, DLR, Northern and Waterloo & City lines.

Last week, TfL announced it will need to close part of the Northern line Bank branch for 17-weeks at the start of next year in order to complete a major upgrade of Bank station.

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Andy Lord, managing director of London Underground, said: “The Bank Station capacity upgrade is a crucial project to support the City’s continued growth and success.

“We are encouraging affected customers to check their journeys before they travel by using Journey Planner or the TfL Go app, and suggest they try to retime their journeys or take a different route by Tube, rail, bus, walking or cycling during this vital 17-week closure.

“I’d like to reassure everyone that we are doing everything possible to reduce the impact of this closure, with increased service on the Charing Cross branch and a new bus route into the City.

“We will also use this closure to carry out maintenance and improvement work at other stations in order to minimise future disruption.”

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