First train travels over new Northern line extension junction

Photo: Mark Thompson/ TfL.

Two new junctions which will connect the Northern line with an extension of the route out to Battersea Power Station have been completed.

The very first train was photographed travelling over one of the new step plate junctions on New Year’s Day.

When the extension opens in 2020, trains from Battersea will join the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line via new junctions on the Kennington Loop.

The Kennington Loop’s old cast iron tunnel segments have had to be removed and the track and concrete trackbed lifted to make way for two new turnouts for the north-bound and south-bound lines.

Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke are delivering the Northern line extension between Kennington station and Battersea, which will include a second new station at Nine Elms.

A twin-bore tunnel, which runs beneath the Victoria line at Vauxhall, has been excavated and attention is now turning to installing the track and systems.

Reflecting on the work completed on the Tube network over Christmas, Mark Wild, TfL’s managing director of London Underground, said: “This work is part of our record investment in the Tube, which will see over 40 per cent of the network radically improved with more frequent trains, quicker journeys and better reliability and the first major extension to the Tube network since the 1990s.”

Green light for station entrance

At the end of December, Wandsworth Council also approved designs for the Northern line extension’s eastern station entrance at Battersea.

The new station is due to open in 2020 and will include two entrances: an eastern entrance on the edge of Prospect Park and a western entrance towards the southern end of the new High Street.

The council said it will be the first Tube station to be built in the borough for 95 years.

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  1. Could the Northern Line be split with the current Northern Line operating between Battersea-Edgware via Charing Cross and a new renamed tube line that could be named as Angel Line or Morgan Line between Morden-High Barnet and Mill Hill East via Bank/Angel.

  2. Why is the new terminus being called Battersea Power Station? It will not be a tourist attraction but a property development for the super-rich. Far more pragmatic for all concerned (passengers and TfL alike) to simply name the new station ‘Battersea’, as it will serve the entire Battersea area, not the Power Station rich 1%.

  3. @ Peter Jordan, I guess the naming follows the logic in other locations and stations. The same with Woolwich Arsenal, it’s located closest o the Arsenal part, it’s named Woolwich Arsenal but it serves the entire Woolwich area. Also, Battersea Power Station is more recognisable name than just Battersea.


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