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During the Christmas break, Transport for London conducted its first passenger train tests of the Northern Line extension, which will connect Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station to the rest of the London Underground.
The trial journeys were made ahead of the planned opening of the extension in Autumn 2021. One of the two new Underground stations, known as Nine Elms, is a short walk from the US Embassy.
The trial heralded a number of complex technical milestones, including the switching on of permanent electricity to the Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station tracks. Work has now turned to completing signalling software upgrades, and fitting out the two new stations, which will mark the first new stations on the Northern Line since Morden was opened in 1926.
Discussing the trial, Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said "I'm delighted that the Northern Line Extension has reached this major milestone, with the project on track to welcome its first passengers in the autumn. Last year was one of the hardest in TfL's history so it's great to start 2021 on a positive footing, not least because the extension will support thousands of new jobs and homes for our city."
Stuart Harvey, TfL's Director of Major Projects, added that "Seeing a Northern line train travelling through the extension for the first time is a really significant milestone and demonstrates the commitment of our brilliant team who have been working so hard during such a challenging year."
When the extension opens in Autumn 2021, passengers from across London will be able to travel via Underground to the US Embassy at Nine Elms. Currently, the nearest Underground service is Vauxhall, roughly a 10 minute walk away from the Embassy.
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