Battersea Power Station tube station

Coordinates: 51°28′46″N 0°08′31″W / 51.47950°N 0.14200°W / 51.47950; -0.14200
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Battersea Power Station London Underground
Station exterior in September 2021
Battersea Power Station is located in Greater London
Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station
Location of Battersea Power Station in Greater London
LocationBattersea
Local authorityLondon Borough of Wandsworth
Managed byLondon Underground
OwnerTransport for London
Number of platforms2
AccessibleYes
Fare zone1
OSIBattersea Park National Rail London Overground Queenstown Road National Rail
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Not opened[1]
2019Not opened[2]
2020Not opened[3]
2021Increase 2.18 million[4]
2022Increase 8.65 million[5]
Key dates
20 September 2021Opened
Other information
WGS8451°28′46″N 0°08′31″W / 51.47950°N 0.14200°W / 51.47950; -0.14200
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Battersea Power Station is a London Underground station in Battersea, London, which forms the terminus of the Northern line extension to Battersea.

Partially funded by the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station,[6] the station serves the redevelopment site, as well as Battersea itself. The station is located on Battersea Park Road, close to Battersea Park railway station and a short walking distance from Queenstown Road railway station, forming an out-of-station interchange with both of them. The line and station opened on 20 September 2021.[7] It is the only station on the London Underground network to include the word 'station' in its name.[8]

Services[edit]

The station is located in Zone 1, and is served by the Northern line as part of the extension from Kennington to serve the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. Trains from Battersea Power Station only run via Charing Cross as the branch is an extension off the Kennington loop.[9]

The station serves as the terminus for the new branch, with a crossover junction prior to the station allowing trains to terminate in either platform. Overrun tunnels underneath Battersea Dogs & Cats Home were proposed,[10] however these were omitted to save money.[11] Provision has been made for a possible future extension to Clapham Junction railway station.[12] The station also serves as an out-of-station interchange with Battersea Park railway station.[13]

Service pattern[edit]

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 156, 344 and 436 serve the station.[15]

Design[edit]

Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset by Alexandre da Cunha

The station was designed and built by a joint venture between Laing O'Rourke and Ferrovial Agroman,[16][17] with station entrance architecture by Grimshaw.[18] The station design allows for future installation of platform screen doors.[19] [20]

Art on the Underground commissioned the artist Alexandre da Cunha to install a permanent piece of artwork in the ticket hall of the station: a 100 m (330 ft) kinetic sculpture, using a rotating billboard entitled Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset.[21][22] In October 2023, a Labyrinth by artist Mark Wallinger was installed at the station, marking 10 years of the artworks and the 160th anniversary of the London Underground.[23]

History[edit]

Construction[edit]

The station was given final approval by the Secretary of State for Transport in November 2014,[24] before construction began in 2015, with completion originally scheduled for 2020.[25] Tunnelling of the Northern line extension began at Battersea, with the two tunnel boring machines, Helen and Amy, departing the site in March 2017 to dig the running tunnels of the extended line.[6]

In the draft edition of the Transport for London (TfL) "Business Plan 2014", issued as part of the TfL Board papers for their meeting on 10 December 2014, the map TfL's Rail Transport Network at 2021 labelled the terminus as "Battersea Power Station", instead of just "Battersea" as had appeared on previous publications.[26] In December 2015, TfL confirmed that the name of the station will be "Battersea Power Station".[27] This means that it is the only station on the Underground to have the word "station" in its official name. There has been some confusion as to whether to construct the name as "Battersea Power (S/s)tation" or "Battersea Power Station station".[28]

Platforms in the completed station

In December 2018, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that the project would be delayed until September 2021 at the earliest, "to increase the station's capacity to cope with a higher number of passengers than originally forecast".[29]

By June 2019, major tunnelling and track works had been completed, with an engineering train running on the extension for the first time.[30] By February 2020, construction of the station was nearly complete, with platforms, escalators and the London Underground roundel installed on the station.[31] The first London Underground train ran onto the extension over the 2020 Christmas period, marking the start of the signal testing period.[32]

Opening[edit]

The station opened on 20 September 2021.[33]

In September 2022, TfL announced that over 5 million trips had been made on the extension since opening, with an average of 80,000 trips a week at Battersea Power Station.[34] Battersea Power Station noted that demand will increase further, as the site reopened as an office and retail complex in October 2022.[34] TfL estimate that demand could increase to 10 million a year by 2024/25.[35]

In November 2022, Battersea Power Station was awarded the Architects' Journal Architecture Award for Infrastructure and Transport, with the station canopy singled out for special praise by the judges.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 14 January 2023. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  2. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2022. Transport for London. 4 October 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Tunnelling for the Northern Line Extension to begin in March". London City Hall. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  7. ^ Paton, James (20 September 2021). "London Bets $1.5 Billion Tube Extension Will Spur Jobs, Business". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  8. ^ Williamson, Lucy (19 September 2021). "Name of new Battersea Power Station Tube stop on London Underground Northern line is causing confusion". Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Northern Line extension to Battersea and Nine Elms given go-ahead". BBC News. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Northern Line Extension Proposed route and key sites" (PDF). Transport for London. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 November 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Battersea boost imminent". www.modernrailways.com. 20 August 2021. Retrieved 10 August 2022. This prompted a descoping of the tunnels beyond Battersea Power Station to become short 20-metre overrun tunnels, with trains to be outstabled in the platforms at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station instead.
  12. ^ Henderson, Jamie (23 June 2013). "Clapham Junction next for Northern Line says London Assembly member". Wandsworth Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Northern Line Extension". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 18 February 2022. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  14. ^ a b Lydall, Ross (23 September 2022). "Five million trips on Northern line extension". Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 September 2022. The number of trains on the route was doubled in June, from six to 12 trains per hour during peak times, and from five to 10 trains per hour off-peak.
  15. ^ "Buses from Nine Elms and New Covent Garden Market" (PDF). TfL. 12 November 2022. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  16. ^ "Next Step for Northern Line Extension". London Borough of Wandsworth. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  17. ^ "First expansion of the London Underground this century opens to passengers". Laing O'Rourke. 20 September 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  18. ^ "Battersea Station receives planning approval". Grimshaw Architects. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  19. ^ New Battersea Tube Extension - Your Questions Answered, archived from the original on 21 December 2021, retrieved 4 October 2021
  20. ^ FOI Request - Provision for Platform Edge Doors at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station, retrieved 20 August 2023
  21. ^ "Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset". Art on the Underground. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Artworks announced for Battersea and Nine Elms Northern Line stations". Wandsworth Borough Council. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  23. ^ Lawrence, India (20 October 2023). "Two more tube stations now have these iconic maze designs". Time Out London. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  24. ^ "Northern Line extension to Battersea and Nine Elms gets go ahead". Evening Standard. London. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  25. ^ "Tube on its way to Battersea as work starts on Northern line extension". Wandsworth Borough Council.
  26. ^ "Northern line extension". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 29 July 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  27. ^ "Battersea". Northern line extension. No. 5. Transport for London. December 2015. p. 2.
  28. ^ Lucy Williamson (19 September 2021). "Name of new Battersea Power Station Tube stop on London Underground Northern line is causing confusion". MyLondon.
  29. ^ "Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station faces 12-month delay in latest TfL setback". CityAM. 22 December 2018.
  30. ^ "Northern Line trains on track for Nine Elms". Wandsworth Borough Council. 14 June 2019. Archived from the original on 18 September 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  31. ^ "Battersea Power Station signs unveiled at new Northern Line hub". Evening Standard. London. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  32. ^ "First passenger trains complete journeys on new Northern Line Extension". Transport for London (Press release). Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  33. ^ "Northern line extension: Two new Tube stations open". BBC News. 20 September 2021. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  34. ^ a b Lydall, Ross (23 September 2022). "Five million trips on Northern line extension". Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  35. ^ "Over five million journeys made on the Northern Line Extension in its first year". Transport for London. 23 September 2022. Archived from the original on 27 September 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  36. ^ Williams, Fran (23 November 2022). "AJ Architecture Awards 2022 winners revealed". The Architects’ Journal. Retrieved 19 August 2023.

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