The London Underground in its first major extension since the 1990s

LONDON (Reuters) – The London Underground opened two new stations on Monday (September 20) in the network’s first extension since the 1990s, an extension which Mayor Sadiq Khan says will play a key role in resuming the capital after the pandemic.

The two new Northern Line stations are located at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms, both south of the Thames and in areas of South West London which have seen major construction and refurbishment works. regeneration in recent years.

The Battersea Power Plant, which was decommissioned in the 1980s, has been redeveloped into a posh residential and commercial complex now home to companies including tech giant Apple.

The nearby Nine Elms neighborhood, once an industrial estate, is home to the new United States Embassy building and dozens of new apartment buildings.

The London Underground network, or the Underground as it is commonly known, was last extended in the late 1990s with the extension of the Jubilee Line. The authorities have borrowed 1 billion pounds ($ 1.37 billion) from the Treasury for the latter project, which will be partly funded by contributions from developers.

Transport for London estimates that the new services will support 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes.

Khan has said London must play its part in the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Khan has been embroiled in a row with the government over funding for London’s public transport network, which has had to be bailed out several times since the start of the pandemic. The UK government gave some £ 4bn to run trains and buses as the transport network battled collapsing fare revenues.

The opening of the two new stations brings the total number of Metro stations to 272.

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