London Underground adds two new stations as part of £1.1bn extension
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The London Underground has added two new tube stations at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms, marking the completion of a £1.1bn project.
Major construction on the 3km twin-tunnel railway between Kennington and Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, began in 2015. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the construction project has stayed on track for an autumn opening.
There is an initial peak-time service of six trains per hour on the extension, which runs from Kennington station on the Charing Cross branch, 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.
TfL said it managed to deliver the Northern Line Extension £160m under budget, bringing its estimated final total cost to £1.1bn. This is a far cry from the Crossrail project, which has repeatedly exceeded its budget with recent warnings that it does not have enough funds allocated to finish construction.
Final preparations for the new stations include paving and landscaping work at the front of both, and commissioning of ticket machines, ticket barriers and advertising screens are also under way.
The Tube map has been updated to include the two new Northern line stations – bringing the total number of Tube stations on the London Underground network to 272.
The two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are both step-free from street to train, and TfL estimates that the new services will support 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes.
Speaking to the PA news agency, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “It’s great to see the difference investing in infrastructure makes in relation to unlocking jobs and homes.
“Most of the things we’re using today were built around the country. Every pound we spend on the Underground, 55 pence goes to the rest of the country.
“That’s good for the Secretary of State to see. I’m quite clear, you don’t make our country more equal by making London poorer.
“If we’re going to get a national recovery we need London to play its part.”
Khan has repeatedly called for the Government to give TfL a long-term funding package as its finances struggle to cope with the collapse in fares revenue during the pandemic.
The opening of the Northern Line Extension comes ahead of the Elizabeth line which is currently expected to launch in the first half of next year. Crossrail has already been simulating a full test service on the Elizabeth Line ahead of its opening to the public.
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