Two new tube stations, which make up part of the Northern Line Extension, will finally be open to the public from Monday 20 September.
In an attempt to recover from the pandemic, the capital anticipates that the new stations will help improve connectivity between the vibrant south London communities. Both stations are also step-free.
Major construction on the 3km twin-tunnel railway between Kennington and Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, kickstarted in 2015 and should be ready to open in autumn.
There will be a preliminary peak time service of six trains per hour, which will increase to 12 trains per hour by mid-2022, whilst there will be five trains per hour during off-peak times, doubling to 10 train per hour next year.
Simon Murphy, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, 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 CEO added, “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.”
The developments were able to boost the UK economy and support around 1,000 jobs, including 79 apprenticeships.
Additionally, the Northern Line Extension acts as the first major Tube extension this century, and will support around 15,000 new jobs, on top of 20,000 new homes.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, 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.”
He continued, “the two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are the first new stations on the Northern line for 80 years.”
The Mayor added, “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.”
Around 100 members of station staff are currently in the process of undertaking training to familiarise themselves with the two new step-free Tube stations, whilst Northern line drivers are receiving instructions on the new route.
The launch of the Northern Line Extension comes ahead of the Elizabeth line opening in the first half of next year, set to transform transport throughout the capital.