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Jago Hazzard rode on the first train.
So did Geoff Marshall, but he also got to experience the extension on the
A much longer account is in the LTM's Hidden London Hangouts. They had
privileged early access, including cab rides and walking the pristine track
between the new stations: http://youtu.be/0R_V5qKZeAM
"The first Underground extension of the 21st Century".
The TfL press release says:
The first major Tube extension this century brings key parts of south
London within 15 minutes of the West End and the City
"After years of hard work, I'm delighted that we're able to open the
Northern Line Extension today and it was great to have the chance to travel
on one of the first trains between Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station."
Transport for London (TfL) today (Monday 20 September) opened the doors to
its two new Tube stations making up the Northern Line Extension, at Nine
Elms and Battersea Power Station. The two step-free Zone 1 stations are set
to dramatically improve the connectivity of these vibrant south London
neighbourhoods and support the capital's recovery from the pandemic at a
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 stayed on track for an
Tube services started running on the extension, which is on the Charing
Cross branch of the Northern line, at 05:28 this morning with passengers
including the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; Secretary of State for
Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP; London's Transport Commissioner, Andy
Byford; Battersea Power Station Development Company's CEO, Simon Murphy;
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander; Leader of Wandsworth Council,
Cllr Ravi Govindia and Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Claire Holland. In
addition, the Battersea Power Station Community Choir sang at the new
station at Battersea this morning to mark its opening day.
A peak-time service of six trains per hour operates on the extension and
this will increase to 12 trains per hour by mid-2022 as more people move
into new housing in the area and the demand increases. There are five
trains per hour during off-peak times, with this set to double to 10 trains
per hour next year.
The Northern Line Extension is the first major Tube extension this century
and is supporting around 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes. In
addition, construction of the extension boosted the UK economy and
supported around 1,000 jobs, including 79 apprenticeships. TfL has
delivered the Northern Line Extension £160m under budget, bringing its
estimated final total cost to £1.1bn, despite the cost pressures brought
about by the pandemic. The spending authority budget was increased to
£1.26bn in January 2016, but TfL has worked hard through strong
collaboration with suppliers to ensure the project provides value for
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "After years of hard work, I'm
delighted that we're able to open the Northern Line Extension today and it
was great to have the chance to travel on one of the first trains between
Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station. This extension will hugely improve
the links between these vibrant, growing south London neighbourhoods and
the rest of the capital, and will also help to support thousands of new
jobs and homes as we move forward with London's recovery from the pandemic.
The new stations are beautiful and I encourage Londoners and visitors to
start using the Northern Line Extension to get around and help them enjoy
everything the capital has to offer."
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said: "London's world-famous Tube
network has two new stations from today, the first stops to be added so far
this century, with names that will soon become familiar to Londoners as
they return to public transport after the pandemic.
Ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line next year, these upgrades extend
vital connectivity across the greatest city in the world and show the power
of transport connections."
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Basically, it's correct as long as you always remember to include the word
'major'. But lazy or careless second-hand news reports that try to
summarise the news might easily leave it out.