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New Tube stations are set to open at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station on Monday, 20 September.

The new stations are the culmination of work which started in 2015, when construction on the 3km twin-tunnel railway between Kennington and Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, began. Construction stayed on track for this autumn despite the pandemic.

Tube services will start 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 escalators at Nine Elms station.

This work, the Northern Line Extension, is the first of its kind this century, and TfL says it supports 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes. The construction work supported about 1,000 jobs and 79 apprenticeships. About 100 staff are training to get used to the station and drivers are receiving instruction on the new route.

Meanwhile, artwork by London-based Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha is nearly being completed. It will have a permanent place in the Battersea Power Station Underground facility.

Stuart Harvey, Transport for London.

Director of major projects at TfL, 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.”

Sadiq Khan. Mayor of London.

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.”

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