Northern Line Extension Work Suspended

Work halted temporarily as TfL seeks to protect staff

Northern Line Opening at Battersea and Nine Elms a Step Closer
Battersea Station roundel being installed.

April 24, 2020

Work on the long-awaited extension of the Northern Line into Battersea is on hold to keep workers safe during the coronavirus crisis.

Like all major Transport for London projects, work on the Northern Line Extension has temporarily stopped.

A TfL spokesperson said, “The Government and the Mayor have given clear instructions to stay safe and to stop travelling in all cases other than for absolutely essential journeys.

“In line with this, TfL and Crossrail have brought all project sites, including those for the Northern Line Extension, to a temporary safe stop unless they need to continue for operational safety reasons. Essential maintenance of the transport network does of course continue.

“This was done to ensure the safety of our construction and project teams and also to further reduce the number of people travelling on the public transport network. It is vital that the transport network is only used for essential journeys.”

The new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are nearing completion, with the famous tube logo or ’roundel’ installed in February this year.

The extension is scheduled to open in autumn 2021.

The Northern Line extension will be the first major Tube line extension since the Jubilee line in the late 1990s.

It will connect Kennington to Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, allowing local commuters to get to the City and the West End in just 15 minutes.

Battersea Power Station above ground


Sian Bayley, Local Democracy reporter