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First Train runs on new Underground service to US Embassy
Footage from a TFL engineering train shows how the Northern Line extension is developing
A Transport for London (TfL) Engineering Train has become the first to travel the full length of the new Northern Line extension which will allow passengers to travel directly to Nine Elms and to the US Embassy.
The journey marks the completion of the tunnel which will house the extension from Kennington station to two newly built London Underground stations, named Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station (see map). According to TfL, "The train entered the new 3.2km tunnels at Kennington station, travelling through the newly-constructed step-plate junction that connects the existing Northern line tunnels to the extension ... It then continued to the new Nine Elms Tube station before terminating at the extension's second new station at Battersea. The train carried 750 metres of power cable into the extension which was installed by 15 engineers ... Work to extend the line now focuses on the fit-out of the new stations, installing the power supply, and extending the signalling used on the Northern line to the extension."
Discussing the milestone, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, said: 'I'm delighted that the Northern Line Extension has reached such an important milestone, with a train running through the entire length of the tunnel, passing through new state-of-the-art stations."
Cllr Ravi Govindia, Wandsworth Council Leader and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership said: "We welcome the announcement of a clear timeline for the Northern Line Extension to Battersea and Nine Elms ... The new Tube stations will provide a vital route into the heart of the Vauxhall Nine Elms and Battersea opportunity area, unlocking the growth potential of this riverfront district and connecting it directly with the rest of central London ... This extension is part of an extensive package of infrastructure work being delivered, including a new riverboat pier and road improvements to Nine Elms Lane and the wider neighbourhood, all funded by £1.5bn investment going into the area."
The news is a welcome step after reports emerged earlier this year of delays in construction. It looks as though a direct Underground journey to the US Embassy in Nine Elms will soon be possible, and to prove it, TfL have released this fantastic footage of what your future journey to the Embassy may look like: Just go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FASW1GxjYU to watch.