Hi there - moving to the area and curious about the new Blackfriars rail station entrance planned for Bankside. Sorry if its a silly question but will you be able to joint the tube network by going in that entrance or will you still have to walk over Blackfriars Bridge?
This is an interesting question. I've always assumed there would be some form of access in a manner similar to that at Southwark/Waterloo East, partially prompted by the proposed re-branding of the station to Blackfriars and Bankside. However your post prompted me to look at it a bit closer and I found this bit on the TfL website about Blackfriars tube, listing the benefits upon completion, it makes no reference to access directly from the Southbank, nor do the photographs of the Southern station have a Tube sign branding...
I've seen some planning drawings of the station and on the north side of the river it appears to have a single ticket hall - i.e. one set of barriers for tickets/oyster cards, and then you elect to take the rail or the tube.
I therefore can't see how they could prevent one from entering through the southern entrance and walk along the platforms then into the northern ticket hall and into the tube (unless they programme the southern barriers not to be valid for tube users but that seems OTT). It may not represent much of a time/distance/comfort benefit compared to walking over the road bridge though.
Thanks for the further thoughts. I was wondering whether the need to get lots of tourists to the South Bank , Tate etc meet that an easy access to the Tube , even if not a full station , would have been a good idea. Perhaps when this was planned the South Bank was a much less busy area ..
The south side will indeed have a ticket office but will be run by national rail and it will have barriers for gaining entrance to the trains `national rail`...if you wish to use the tube you would have to pass by the barriers on the north side `national rail`..then go down to the tube and explain what you have just done....so please if you want the tube walk over one of the bridges..
I asked the question via the Rail Website months ago and have just been dent this reply from The PR department:
' I can confirm that customers will be able to walk along the platform to the tube, but you will need a valid ticket to pass through the barriers.'