LU’s Battersea extension being readied for opening

Trial running on London Underground’s new Northern Line extension is being increased, in anticipation of its full opening for business in September.

Four services an hour are operating over the two-mile route every weekend between Kennington and Battersea Power Station via Nine Elms, to test systems before the introduction of services that will bring south London to within 15 minutes of the West End.

Once paying passengers are accepted, six trains an hour will run over the extension at peak times, increasing to 12 from mid-2022. Zone 1 fares will apply. Off-peak frequencies will be five trains per hour, doubling to ten next year.

As part of the change, the entire Northern Line timetable will be recast to include direct services to and from Mill Hill East running for most of the day. The need to change at Finchley Central will be eliminated, and there will be more trains on the Morden branch for the busiest hour in the morning peak.  

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