Two new Tube stations open connecting Battersea Power Station to Northern Line

The £1.1 billion development project came to fruition on Monday, when the two south London stations opened (Pictures: Guy Bell/Rex/Getty)

Two new London Underground stations opened on Monday morning, following a £1.1 billion development project.

The Tube’s first major expansion this century has seen two new stops added to the Northern Line in the south of the capital.

The first train on the route departed from Battersea Power Station at 5.28am, calling at the other new station, Nine Elms, before reaching the existing Kennington station.

One keen passenger, Peter Torre, wore a handmade sign saying he was the first person to travel the full length of the Northern Line to the end of the new extension.

London mayor Sadiq Khan says the services will play ‘a major role’ in the capital’s recovery from Covid-19 by ‘supporting thousands of new jobs, homes and businesses’.

TfL estimated that the new services will support 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes.

The areas around Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station have seen extensive redevelopment in recent years, alongside the changes to the Underground map.

Nine Elms underground station will be particularly useful to people working at the new US Embassy (Picture: Getty Images)
Nine Elms’ escalator was not particularly busy this morning (Picture: Getty Images)
Peter Torre wears a handmade sign after claiming to have become the first person to travel the full length of the extended Northern Line (Picture: Getty Images)
Battersea Power Station Station took its first passengers on Monday morning (Picture: REX)
Battersea Power Station Station will serve a huge new development project nearby (Picture: REX)
The project is the first major expansion of the Tube since the 1990s (Picture: REX)
At first, six trains will run per hour at peak times (Picture: REX)

The historic power station, which closed in 1983 and once generated electricity for a fifth of London homes, will reopen next summer as a home to shops, restaurants and the main UK office of Apple.

The first owners of homes in the £9 billion project have already moved in.

The new US embassy is also in Nine Elms.

The Underground redevelopment is the first major expansion of the Tube since the Jubilee line opened in the late 1990s.

Some £1billion of funding was borrowed by The Greater London Authority for the project, which will be funded through business rates from the local area and about £270 million of contributions from developers.

The Tube extension in numbers

£1 billion: The amount borrowed by the Greater London Assembly to fund the project

272: The number of stations now on the London Underground network

1: The Zone which Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms are in

12: The number of trains which will run on the line per hour in peak periods, by mid-2022

1941: The last year in which a station opened on the Northern line (Mill Hill East)

88: The number of step-free stations on the London Underground after the new stations opened

48: How many minutes it takes to get from Battersea Power Station to High Barnet – the most northerly point you can get to without changing from the new station, after 22 stops

The two new stations come after Kennington on the Northern Line (Picture: PA)
Transport Commissioner Andy Byford (left), with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (right) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre), who said the new services will play ‘a major role’ in the capital’s recovery from Covid-19 (Picture: PA)

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Major construction on the two-mile twin railway tunnel between Kennington and Battersea began in 2015.

There will initially be a peak-time service of six trains per hour, falling to five per hour during off-peak periods.

Those frequencies will then be doubled by mid-2022.

Meanwhile, a new Crossrail project, called the Elizabeth Line, is due to open in May 2023 after a number of delays

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