December 2, 2014
Buses on route 344 towards Liverpool Street will be placed on long-term diversion for part of the route from 3 January 2015. This is because Arthur Street in the City of London will be closed to vehicles from 2015 until 2021 to facilitate the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade.
From Southwark Bridge Road, buses towards Liverpool Street currently cross Southwark Bridge, then travel by way of Queen Street Place, Upper Thames Street and Arthur Street to King William Street/ Monument Station. Buses in this direction will instead be diverted after Southwark Bridge Road by way of Southwark Street, Borough High Street and London Bridge to Monument Station. This is the same diversion that was used during the 2012 Olympic Games.
Buses towards Liverpool Street will miss four existing bus stops. Passengers who use the two stops in Southwark Bridge Road between Southwark Street and Southwark Bridge will be able to make use of an alternative stop in Southwark Street. Passengers who currently use the stop in Arthur Street will have a nearby alternative at the north side of London Bridge. For people who currently use the stop in Queen Street Place there is no nearby alternative. These passengers may choose an alternative bus route serving Cannon Street / Mansion House Station, or walk to or from the nearest available 344 stop in Southwark Street.
Buses in the other direction on route 344 from Liverpool Street towards Clapham Junction will not be affected.
The Bank Station Capacity Upgrade is designed to substantially improve the capacity of the Bank/Monument station complex, reducing journey times and improving accessibility. It would also provide step free access from street to Northern line trains. Further information is at www.tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/bank-and-monument