London’s Northern Line Extension to open to the public
The first tube extension of this century is close to completion, with services on the Northern Line extension to begin operation in September 2021.
The extension includes stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station
Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that the two new Tube stations making up the Northern Line Extension will open to the public on Monday 20 September. TfL says the two step-free, Zone 1 stations at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms are set to “improve the connectivity of these vibrant south London neighbourhoods and contribute to the capital’s recovery from the pandemic at a vital time.”
Major construction on the 3km twin-tunnel railway between Kennington and Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, began in 2015.
Tube services on the extension will start on Monday 20 September, running from Kennington station on the Charing Cross branch. There will be an initial peak time service of six trains per hour on the extension, increasing to 12 trains per hour by mid-2022. There will be five trains per hour during off-peak times, doubling to 10 trains per hour next year.
The Northern Line Extension is the first major Tube extension this century and, according to TfL, is supporting around 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes. In addition, construction of the extension boosted the UK economy and supported around 1,000 jobs, including 79 apprenticeships.
“After an incredible effort from the huge number of people who worked on this project, it’s fantastic that we are now on the final countdown to the Northern Line Extension opening later this month,” said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
“The two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are the first new stations on the Northern line for 80 years. They will hugely improve connectivity between these two areas and the rest of London, and play a major part in the capital’s recovery from the pandemic by supporting thousands of new jobs, homes and businesses.”
“It has been a huge collaborative effort with our London-based stakeholders and suppliers from around the UK,” added Stuart Harvey, Director of Major Projects at TfL.
“It’s going to be a fantastic moment when this thriving south London neighbourhood makes it onto the Tube map for the first time, which will also highlight the vital importance of public transport in connecting communities and assisting London in its continuing recovery from the pandemic.”