London Underground extension opens

 Two new Northern line stations will open in south London following a £1.1 billion project.

The first train on the new route will depart from Battersea power plant at 5.28am.

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It will out in the opposite new station, Nine Elms, before reaching the prevailing station of Kennington.

London mayor Sadiq Khan says the services will play “a major role” within the capital’s recovery from the pandemic by “supporting thousands of latest jobs, homes and businesses”.

This is the primary major expansion of the Tube since the Jubilee line was opened within the late 1990s.

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

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 5 per hour during off-peak periods.

Frequencies are going to be doubled by the center of next year.

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

Billions of pounds of investment are pumped into the world in recent years, including through the redevelopment of Battersea power plant for residential and business use, and therefore the building of a replacement US embassy in Nine Elms.

The opening of two new stations will bring the entire number on the network to 272.

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