Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms are London’s newest underground stations
Two new tube stations have opened on the Northern Line of the London Underground, following a £ 1.1bn ($ 1.5bn) expansion project, which is underway since 2014.
Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms saw their first trains depart on Monday and represent the first major extension of the London Underground this century. There are now 272 metro stations on the network.
The last major expansion of the service was the deployment of the Jubilee line from Green Park to Stratford in 1999.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the services would play “a major role” in the capital’s post-COVID recovery.
Major construction of the 3 km double tunnel railway between Kennington and Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, began in 2015.
TfL said despite the challenges of the pandemic, the construction project remained on track for an opening in the fall.
TfL also said the extension supported 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes. Nine Elms is experiencing significant regeneration, with 40 major development projects underway by 2030.
TfL also said construction of the extension helped support 1,000 jobs.
The first train left Battersea Power Station at 5:28 a.m. on Monday and there will be a first rush hour service of six trains per hour on the extension, which will increase to 12 trains per hour by mid-2022.
There will be five trains per hour during off-peak hours, doubling to 10 trains per hour next year.
The two new stations are in zone 1 and Kennington has become a station in zone 1/2, so as not to penalize those who use it as an interchange.
Watch: The first passenger service from Battersea Power Station