…. and it’s not Crossrail!
With Crossrail dominating the headlines over the past few years in terms of new London transport projects, you would have been forgiven for thinking that it’s the only new infrastructure under construction – but today, the Tube network grows by two stations (bringing the total to 272)! The new Battersea extension of the Northern line, under construction since early 2015, opened this morning with the first train at c. 5:30am, and adds Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station to the network’s station count. As well as people travelling to/from the local areas around the two stations, the new link also creates new interchange possibilities with bus and Thames Clippers services at Battersea Power Station.
As you’d expect from a new-build line, both stations are step free from street to train.
I came down to visit shortly after it opened this morning – all pictures here are my own unless otherwise stated.
Nine Elms station is the closest station to the US Embassy (though Vauxhall is quicker until a new footpath under the South West Main Line is completed) and serves a new residential development just south-west of Vauxhall. It’s quite a compact station, with a small ticket hall and escalators down to the island platform, though keep an eye out for the mirror effect whilst travelling down to platform level.
Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station (Station!) is the terminus of the new extension, and serves the new Battersea Power Station development. The ticket hall at intermediate level is sizeable, with a cool fade pattern artwork running the length of the ticket hall!
A note on funding
The c. £1bn cost of constructing the Battersea extension will, ultimately, be predominantly funded by the developers of property in the vicinity of the two stations, and businesses operating in the local area. TfL have put up the initial funding in the form of a loan, but this is due to be recouped in full, so long-term it’s unlikely taxpayers (aside from through local business rates) will make any direct contribution.