A brand-new London Underground station has opened, giving Ballymore's Embassy Gardens neighbourhood a direct link to the heart of the capital. The station at Nine Elms opens alongside another at Battersea Power Station, with these being the first new stations to be created on the Northern line for 80 years.
The stations – both in zone one - are part of the new Northern Line Extension, a 3km-long twin-tunnel railway link extending from Kennington to Battersea Power Station via Nine Elms. Transport for London is planning to run an initial peak-time service on the extension of six trains per hour, with frequency increasing to 12 trains an hour by mid-2022.
The stations have been developed to support the new south London neighbourhood of more than 20,000 new homes. Among these is Embassy Gardens, a growing community of almost 2,000 homes and more than 500,000 sq ft of office and retail space, where the last collection of homes are being created at The Modern. The Northern line extension brings central London within easier reach for residents and gives Londoners even more opportunity to explore Embassy Gardens' parks, cafes and restaurants.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said of the opening of the two new stations: "They will hugely improve connectivity between these two areas and the rest of London, and play a major part in the capitals recovery from the pandemic by supporting thousands of new jobs, homes and businesses".
Councillor Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council and Co-Chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: "This huge £1 billion transport investment to extend the Northern line to Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms has been over 10 years in the making, so we are delighted that this growing Wandsworth neighbourhood is now firmly on the London Underground map".