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Street Party at Battersea Power Station This Weekend

Celebrate the new underground stops with a party
By News Team
Published on September 17, 2021

Battersea Power Station Underground party Battersea Power Station Circus West Village. PHOTO: BRENDAN BELL

As we reported last week, two new Tube stations opened this week at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms, opening up the area around the US Embassy and the apartment buildings around it to the rest of London.

You can celebrate the new Tube stops with Battersea Power Station’s Street Party on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September. The weekend festival is open to all ages and includes live music, food pop-ups, family-friendly activities and pop-up shops. Events will run from 11am to 6pm.

The line-up includes: live street art performances from notable London and international artists; a ‘dine around the world’ experience at Battersea Power Station’s great mix of bars and restaurants ranging from Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean, Indian and Japan; exclusive offers across the weekend from local retailers including Birdies Crazy Golf, Paul Edmonds, Wright Brothers, Vagabond Urban Winery, Tonkotsu, Tapas Brindisa, White & Co., Be Military Fit, DNA VR and a special screening of Sliding Doors and complimentary popcorn at The Cinema in the Arches; some of the capital’s best street food trucks and pop ups including their own Vagabond Urban Winery, Battersea Brewery, Tonkotsu and Tapas Brindisa, plus delicious lobster rolls from BOB’s Lobster, vegan and vegetarian delights from Feed the Village, tasty sweet and savoury waffles from Utter Waffle, Lebanese street food from LIL WATAN and indulgent plant based ice cream from DÁPPA; live music from Busk In London and the Battersea Power Station Community Choir, who will be performing a transport-themed mash up; family-friendly activities for all ages including street dance and parkour performances and bubblingly fun entertainment from Bubble Inc; a TfL themed selfie-spot made with fresh flowers by the UK’s most prestigious florist, Moyses Stevens; TfL and Battersea Power Station merchandise pop-up shops.

BACKGROUND TO THE NEW STATIONS

The redevelopment of the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, on the south bank of the River Thames, depended largely on the new US Embassy, which moved there from its historic home of Grosvenor Square in 2016. The transformation has been remarkable, involving many new high-end apartment blocks, restaurant, gyms and other facilities. The one things missing were good public transport connections - there were buses but no easy way to get north and south from the area.

Now two new Tube stations, making up the Northern Line Extension, have opened to the public. Despite the pandemic, the project opened on deadline on Monday September 20th. It is the first major Tube extension this century, the last being the Jubilee line extension, which opened in 1999.

Construction on the 1.8 mile twin-tunnel railway between Kennington, Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station began in 2015. The two tunnel boring machines were called Helen and Amy – named in honor of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and aviation pioneer Amy Johnson, the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms stations are both in the Undergound's Zone 1 and for ease of use both are step-free. Initially there is a peak time service of six trains per hour on the extension, increasing to 12 trains per hour by mid-2022. Off-peak, there will be five trains per hour, doubling to 10 trains per hour next year.

Look out for Art on the Underground's major new permanent artwork by London-based Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha at Battersea Power Station Underground. Entitled 'Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, it stretches over 300 feet in length and uses rotating billboards (an old-fashioned advertising mechanism) to create friezes of colour which face each other along the length of the ticket hall.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said, "The two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are the first new stations on the Northern line for 80 years. They will hugely improve connectivity between these two areas and the rest of London, and play a major part in the capital's recovery from the pandemic by supporting thousands of new jobs, homes and businesses."

Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station Tube Stations open The new Battersea Power Station Underground. PHOTO COURTESY WWW.NINEELMSLONDON.COM

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