A tweet from the District Line said: “Bank/Monument: The station is closed while we fix faulty fire equipment.”
There was no service on the DLR between Bank and Shadwell and there are severe delays on the rest of the line.
An overhead announcement at Bank Station said: “Could Inspector Sands please go to the operational room immediately.”
Inspector Sands is a code phrase used by public transport authorities in the UK to alert staff to a fire or bomb threat without alerting the public or creating panic.
Another overhead announcement told commuters to “leave immediately”.
It said: “Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please. Due to a reported emergency, would all passengers please leave the station immediately.”
Video footage posted to social media shows people making their way towards exits.
Bank and Monument stations are interlinked, and have been so since 1933.
They serve the London Underground and the Docklands Light Railway.
Bank is served by the Central, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines.
Monument is served by the District and Circle Lines.
Transport for London responded to the confusion that ensued as people were being evacuated.
Some took to Twitter to say they were unsure as to what was going on.”
TfL tweeted: “Hello. Bank station was closed earlier while we fixed faulty fire equipment. Apologies if you were unaware, news was tweeted from our affected underground lines, people did tweet to complain of the loudness of the announcements. I’m sorry if this didn’t reach you.”
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