London’s Northern line branch of the Underground has just got a lot more Southern.
Two new stations, Battersea Power Station... Station and Nine Elms, have opened on the line adding some two miles of South West London tunnel to the Tube map after a six-year testing period which cost £1.1bn.
The first trains out of the station were due to run at 5.28am and 100 excited passengers waited outside to mark the moment, which is the first tube extension since 1999. Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor even stopped by to have a gander and said it would “hugely improve the links between these vibrant, growing south London neighbourhoods and the rest of the capital.
He added: “The new stations are beautiful and I encourage Londoners and visitors to start using [them].
It is estimated that eight million passengers a year could eventually use the line and services will run every 10-12 minutes, doubling in frequency next year. The stations have been marked as Zone 1 and will help serve people living in the cursed swimming pool flat complex, among others, who need to travel into the city in just 15 minutes.
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Loving the architecture at Nine Elms. #NineElms #NorthernLineExtension https://t.co/n0XMyEto84
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Nine Elms Station opens tomorrow! But did you know it’s not the first one..? https://t.co/7v6ulnwCTq