The first extension of the underground in this century will open in a fortnight, Transport for London confirmed on Friday.
On Monday, September 20, trains to Battersea will depart from Kennington on a new branch of the Northern Line, which will connect the £ 9 billion refurbishment of Battersea Power Station to the underground for the first time.
The £ 1.2 billion project includes two new stations – Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms – and brings a vibrant new cultural and residential area within 15 minutes of the West End and the City.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “After an incredible amount of effort from the huge number of people who have worked on this project, it is fantastic that we now have the final countdown to the opening of the Northern Line Extension at the end of this month.
“The two new stations, Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station, are the first new stations on the Northern Line in 80 years.
“You will improve the connectivity tremendously [with] the rest of London and are playing an important role in the capital’s recovery from the pandemic by supporting thousands of new jobs, homes and businesses.
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Part of Battersea’s waterfront redevelopment known as Circus West Village is already home to more than 1,500 people and a number of shops and restaurants.
The converted, Grade II listed former power plant opens next year with more than 100 shops, restaurants and cafes, a 1,400-seat venue, new offices, including Apple’s new London campus, and 254 residential apartments.
Visitors can take an elevator up one of the four iconic chimneys, which is transformed into a 360-degree panoramic viewing platform.
Simon Murphy, Chief Executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said, “The Northern Line Extension is a turning point for this part of London and an extremely significant milestone in the renewal of Battersea Power Station.”
The two new underground stations will both be in zone one. The trains run through Charing Cross. Passengers wishing to use the Northern Line bank branch will need to change trains at Kennington.
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Initially there will be five trains per hour, at peak times there will be six. This will double to 10 and 12 trains per hour over the next year. There will also be an increase in the service level in the Morden branch during the busiest hour in the morning.
The 1.8 mile double tunnel extension is the first on the subway since the Jubilee line opened in 1999.
It received the green light from then Mayor Boris Johnson in 2015 and was originally scheduled to open in December 2020, but was delayed after the specifications for the station at Battersea Power Station changed.
However, despite the slowdown caused by the pandemic, TfL was able to meet the revised schedule.
Stuart Harvey, Director of Major Projects at TfL, said: “It will be a fantastic moment when this thriving area in south London comes on the tube for the first time.”
Wandsworth City Council provided £ 259 million towards the cost of the project and used infrastructure contributions from local developments, including the Battersea Power Station. Lambeth parish council has pledged £ 7.3 million.
Ravi Govindia, Chairman of the Wandsworth Council and Co-Chairman of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: “This huge $ 1 billion transportation investment is delightful that this growing area of Wandsworth is now firmly on the London Underground map. “
As part of the Art on the Underground initiative, a large new permanent work of art by the Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha, who lives in London, is being installed at the Battersea power station. The piece, entitled Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, is almost 100 meters long.
The extension was dug by two drills named Helen and Amy in honor of the first British female astronaut Helen Sharman and British aviation pioneer Amy Johnson.
It’s likely the only expansion of the metro in at least a decade as the Bakerloo line extension has been put on hold until 2030 at the earliest due to funding problems from TfL.
The £ 700 million bank station upgrade is expected to be completed by September or October next year. The Northern Line bank branch will be closed between Kennington and Moorgate for 17 weeks from January 15 to mid-May next year, so that a new platform and entrance can be integrated into the existing station.
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