Elephant & Castle station

That's when the Northern line section of the station will close for 17 weeks as part of the upgrade of Bank & Monument stations.

Why we're doing the work

New facilities on Elephant Square will include new escalators and lifts offering step-free access from street level to platform on the Northern line. As part of the proposed Bakerloo line extension, customers would also be able to enter a new ticket hall for both lines.

Creating more capacity at the station - and an accessible interchange between the Northern line and local bus services - is critical to plans for 5,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs in the Elephant & Castle Opportunity Area.

What we're doing

We are using the opportunity of the part-Northern line closure to prepare platform areas and the overbridge for main tunnelling works. By mid-May 2022 we will:

  • Relocate assets stored in platform rooms on both Northern line platforms
  • Sterilise and demolish platform rooms to prepare for tunnelling breakthroughs
  • Survey the tunnels at breakthrough locations
  • Remove hazardous materials
  • Shift electrical cables and assets on the overbridge to prepare for tunnelling breakthroughs

The Bakerloo line station and platform interchanges will stay open throughout this time.

cgi of new elephant & castle tube station entrance

Planning the work

2021: Permission is granted for the new Elephant & Castle Town Centre development, including the construction of a new station box by the developer, Delancey, at Elephant & Castle Tube station.

2020: We get permission for the final tunnelling works needed for the new station entrance and integrated ticket hall. As part of planning ahead for the Bakerloo line extension, the new station has also been designed to provide access to the future Bakerloo line tunnels.

2017: Plans for redeveloping Elephant & Castle town centre are submitted to the London Borough of Southwark, including the provision for a new station entrance to replace the current Northern line ticket hall.

2012: Elephant & Castle Opportunity Area, adopted by Southwark and the Mayor of London, sets out a framework for development in the area until 2030, including the identification of a strategic need to upgrade Elephant & Castle Tube station.