Easing congestion
On 12th December 2018, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies and the 108th Mayor of New York City, and Mike Brown, London’s Transport Commissioner, visited the new Walbrook entrance to Bank station, which will help relieve congestion for Waterloo & City line customers.

The station entrance was built by Bloomberg for Transport for London as part of the development of the company’s European headquarters and fitted out by London Underground. It is the first major milestone in the Bank upgrade programme that will see the station capacity increase by 40 per cent by 2022.

Customers using the new entrance – which opens onto the pedestrianised Walbrook thoroughfare – will pass through a new ticket hall and gate line to use two banks of escalators (or a fixed stair) via an intermediate landing to continue down to the Waterloo & City line platforms. Two lifts also connect customers from the street to the platforms enabling those with heavy luggage and pushchairs to access the platform step-free.

Parking made easy
Greater Anglia is working with NCP, the UK’s largest parking retailer and operator, to roll out Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology across 20 rail station car parks, giving customers greater control over how and when they pay for their parking.

The ticketless ANPR technology will make it easier for customers to pay for parking, as it increases the variety of payment options available, and help to improve security. Customers will be able to pay for their parking online anytime up until midnight the day after their visit on the Great Anglia Parking Portal. They can even pre-register their car and payment details online, allowing automatic payment to make parking completely hassle-free.

Blue badge holders will continue to park for free, provided they register with NCP either online or by phone up within 24 hours of leaving the car park. They can do this online, by phone or by post and register more than one car if required.

The programme will also see all on-site payment kiosks replaced, enabling payment by cash, card, Google wallet and Apple Pay. Alternatively, customers can choose to pay using their mobile phone at the time of parking.