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Article from BTNews 13 SEPTEMBER 2021

New London Tube opens *

London’s first new Underground link since the lengthening of Jubilee Line last century opens on 20 September as the Tube extends to Battersea Power Station.

The Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station stations on the Northern Line will welcome their first customers next Monday bringing key parts of south London within 15min of the West End and the City.  The stations and track are the first in London since the Stratford extension to the Jubilee Line opened in 1999.  

The two step-free Zone 1 stations are set to dramatically improve the connectivity of these vibrant south London neighbourhoods and contribute to the capital’s recovery from the pandemic at a vital time.  

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.  

Tube services on the extension will run 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 ten trains per hour next year.    

Work is also nearing completion on Art on the Underground’s major new permanent exhibit by London-based Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha, which is being installed at Battersea Power Station Underground station ahead of the launch.

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david Starkie, United Kingdom

But for Nine Elms station, will it be possible to get under/through the adjacent rail embankment (Waterloo lines)? Otherwise, the local market to the north (including the US Embassy) is cut off.

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