In Pictures: The Brand New Battersea Power Station And Nine Elms Tube Stations

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 32 months ago

Last Updated 20 September 2021

In Pictures: The Brand New Battersea Power Station And Nine Elms Tube Stations
The first commuters arrive

20 September 2021 marked a big day for transport fans (and Battersea fans) — the opening of two brand new tube stations on the Northern line.

Press, politicians, and plenty of tube-curious people (plus the occasional commuter) gathered at Battersea Power Station this morning, for a first glimpse of the Ferrovial Agroman Laing O'Rourke/Grimshaw designed station.

It's certainly the more striking of the two, with its dynamic roof, not to mention the backdrop of the chimneys of the power station itself and Frank Gehry's contemporary skew-whiff shapes.

Extra garnishes around Battersea Power Station station include pretty flower planters, plus coffee sold from a black cab — a smart touch that we hope sticks around.

Hope this coffee cab sticks around
One of many people snapping the new station shortly after it opened
Not sure about this tagline, but anyway
Cute touch
Descending into Battersea Power Station station

You descend into a capacious grey ticket hall, punctuated by kinetic artwork Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, by Alexandre da Cunha — which uses old school billboard-style tech, to flip of change colour throughout the day. Then you descend again to platform level.

Press gather around politicians including Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (he's in there somewhere)
A new roundel to fall in love with
Plenty of seating at the moment
One of the first ever trains arrives at Battersea Power Station
Alexandre da Cunha's artwork Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, changes colour throughout the day. Here, it's in a bronze mood

From the outside, Nine Elms looks more perfunctory — not helped by a rather uninspiring backdrop of new builds.

Plenty of people in pink tabards on hand on opening day

But inside, it reveals itself to be — like Battersea — a cavernous, high-ceilinged space, with ample platform space and a decent amount of seating. (Both stations were rather short on commuters at 8am on opening day though.)

That's right, zone 1
Not to be confused with Seven Sisters (which were elm trees)

Currently, six trains per hour run along the extension from Kennington station on the Charing Cross branch — so you've got a bit of a wait between each one — although frequency is expected to double by mid-2022.

Continue your journey by boat

All in all, two shiny new stations which were worth getting excited for (even if the trains that pull up feel conspicuously old and grubby). Take yourself on a ride of this new stretch of the Northern line as soon as you can — it's something to tell the grandkids.

Ascending at Nine Elms