Main tunneling completed for Battersea Tube Station

  • August 22, 2018

Main tunneling completed for Battersea Tube Station

The Northern Line Extension has reached a major milestone with the completion of its main tunnelling work.

Amy and Helen, boring machines

Since spring 2017, the two huge tunnel boring machines, Amy and Helen, have operated at depths of 26 metres and excavating more than 300,000 tones of the earth to reach the main tunnel completion. Named after, Amy Johnson, the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia and Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut the boring machines have worked their way through the north and southbound tunnels. Amy broke through Kennington on 08 November 2017 and now the two 3.2 km tunnels between Battersea via Nine Elms and the new shafts at Kennington Green and Kennington Park are officially built.

Completion of the Northern Line Extension

The Northern Line Extension set for completion in 2020 will extend the Charing Cross branch bringing Battersea and Nine Elms (which includes the new US embassy) within a 15-minute reach to the City and West End. Current work sites are now at Battersea Power Station, Kennington Green, Kennington Park and Nine Elms adjacent to Wandsworth Road and Pascal Street.

The leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, said: “This is a real milestone in London’s first new Tube line extension for almost 20 years. This is an extremely important project, not just for the borough but the whole capital, and Wandsworth has put in a lot of time and effort to shape the unique funding package that has taken us to where we are today. “Working with the private sector we are now seeing our hard work come to fruition and the tunnelling machine breaking ground is a tangible reminder that the Tube extension will soon be a reality, transforming the fortunes of north Battersea and making the Nine Elms regeneration programme one of the greatest sources of new jobs and homes in the country.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“It is a momentous moment for a project that is going to bring huge benefits to south London. The Northern Line Extension is not only going to make travelling to Battersea and Nine Elms easier, it’s also going to bring tens of thousands of new jobs and homes to the area. It’s another great example of why new infrastructure is so vital to London’s success and the wider economy.” Battersea’s vibrant community will soon bloom and become a hub for dynamic businesses, an elite residential area with luxury amenities and an electric centre of arts. The Battersea Power station zone will be at the heart of the Northern Line Extensions reinforcing its position on investors’ maps.

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