Waterloo & City line reopens weeks ahead of schedule

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The Waterloo & City line on the London Underground has reopened this week for the first time in over a year.

The decision was made to help increase the capacity of the transport network.

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Transport for London (TfL) explained the number of people using the tube had increased by more than 17% since May 17 and the line, which has been closed since March last year, is a crucial commuter link, connecting Waterloo and Bank Stations.

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The Waterloo & City line will run every five minutes on weekdays, between 06:00 to 10:00 and 15.30 to 19:00.

This will enable customers to stagger their journeys during the morning and afternoon peak, and add extra capacity for people who are unable to change their working hours and have to travel at these times. Customers should still follow all the Government’s advice and when using the network, people are encouraged to travel at quieter times where possible. TfL will continue to monitor demand across the network.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: ‘I’m delighted that the Waterloo & City line is returning from today, ahead of schedule. As London’s economy continues to re-open and more people return to the offices, having this key artery connecting Waterloo and Bank stations up and running will be vital.

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‘The line will not only make transport a lot more convenient for people travelling to and from the heart of the City of London, but it will support our businesses in the City that help to drive London and the UK’s economy and help our eco-system of retail, hospitality and cultural venues, which are vital to our economic prosperity.’

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