Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that two brand new Underground stations will be welcoming passengers from Monday 20th of September 2021!
As part of the project, the biggest Tube extension in the 21st century, TfL decided to extend the Northern Line all the way to Battersea Power Station, stopping at the Nine Elms on the way.
The opening of both new Zone 1 step-free access stations will bring thousands of London residents and commuters within 15 minutes of the West End and the City, reducing journey times and opening up many new opportunities.
This does not just include jobs directly related to the construction and operations of the new line, but also the local people who can travel across more of London in a faster timescale using just the Underground.
The statistics for how many people will be supported are:
- 25,000 new jobs
- 20,000 new homes
- 1,000 new jobs and 79 apprenticeships directly through the construction of the line
- 100 staff to operate the stations – currently undergoing training
The construction work to form both of the stations began back in 2015, when digging out the 3km twin-tunnel route between the Northern Line’s Kennington and Battersea Power commenced.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “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.
“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.”
Director of Major Projects at Transport for London, Stuart Harvey said: In just a few weeks’ time, we’ll be opening the first major Tube extension this century and welcoming our first customers to the new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station. It has been a huge collaborative effort with our London-based stakeholders and suppliers from around the UK. 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.”
Leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, Councillor Ravi Govindia said: “It is fantastic to finally have a date for the Tube opening in Battersea for the first time, bringing long-awaited new travel connections to the area.
“This huge £1bn transport investment to extend the Northern line to Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms has been over 10 years in the making, so we are delighted that this growing Wandsworth neighbourhood is now firmly on the London Underground map.
“Our leadership and resolution with partners including TfL, GLA, Lambeth, Battersea Power Station and all local developers to transform the area from a transport backwater to a thriving centre for homes and jobs will bring benefits and opportunities for all our residents and businesses for decades to come.”
CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, Simon Murphy said: “We are delighted to have played a key role alongside TfL, Wandsworth Council and the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership in delivering the first major extension to the London Underground in nearly 25 years. The Northern Line Extension is a gamechanger for this area of London and an extremely significant milestone in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, which is soon to be one of the most well-connected developments in the capital. We look forward to welcoming further visitors to the thriving riverside neighbourhood we are creating once the new Battersea Power Station Underground station is open on 20 September.”
Project Director for the Ferrovial Construction Laing O’Rourke joint venture, FLO, David Darcy said: “FLO has designed and constructed a crucial transportation system asset for London, which comes into service as the city’s post-pandemic recovery begins. A project of this scale and complexity, with the challenges posed by COVID-19, has been a joined-up effort on so many fronts, proving the benefit of close collaborative working across the entire project at all levels. We are grateful to our supply chain and delivery partners and the local communities. Importantly, the NLE comes into service with an industry-leading safety performance and, underpinned by the culture of the project team and integrated delivery approach, has set a new standard for delivering major and complex transportation schemes for the UK.”
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