Welcome news this week with the announcement from Transport for London (TfL) that the Waterloo & City line will re-open in June, following 15 months of closure. As member of the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee I’ve lobbied continuously for the reopening of the line at the earliest opportunity to help commuters get into work safely and support recovery of the Square Mile.
The underground line shuttles passengers from Waterloo station, which services train lines to Surrey and beyond, to Bank station in the heart of the Square Mile. It was closed by TfL in March last year following Government advice to ‘work from home’ as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Planned to reopen on 21 June the Waterloo & City line will initially run on weekdays, every five minutes between 6:00 to 10:00 and 15:30 to 19:00.
Walking around Cheapside last week it was noticeble that more people were out and about now offices are starting to open up again. It was great to see most shops and hospitality venues reopened. Many more people will return to the City over the next coming weeks. It is good that TfL has now recognised the importance of the Waterloo & City line to the swift return of the City workforce to the Square Mile which, in turn, will provide reassurance to businesses which rely on commuter traffic for trade.
TfL’s services are an essential part of City’s transport network, with an astounding 93% of pre-pandemic commuter travel to the Square Mile being by public transport, walking or cycling.
The recommencement of the Waterloo & City line service on 21 June will enable workers, residents and visitors to easily get about their business from Waterloo station directly into the heart of the City. This is a welcome step as our economy reopens.