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First train tries out new tube track

Image: TfL

The very first train has travelled on the extension of the Northern Line to Nine Elms and Battersea.

Two new junctions which will connect the extension to the existing Northern Line have now been completed, and the first train to travel over them was photographed on New Year’s Day.

The extension, targeted for completion in 2020, is the first major extension to a Tube line since the Jubilee line in the late 1990s. When it opens trains on the new track will join the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line via the new junction on the Kennington Loop.

The extension will bring Battersea to within 15 minutes of the City and the West End and is central to the regeneration of the area which is bringing in thousands of new homes and jobs. Apple, the American Embassy and Penguin Random House have all announced they are moving to the area.

Last month designs for a new underground station at Battersea Power Station were approved by Wandsworth Council. There will also be a new station in Nine Elms in Pascal Street.

Get updates on progress of the Northern Line Extension from Transport for London

The council’s Brightside Online weekly newsletter will also contain regular updates.

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