Work has begun on the the Northern line extension to Battersea.
The project will see two new 3.2km tunnels constructed and two new stations built: one at the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and another at Nine Elms to the east.
The new Tube stops will serve the area’s new developments including the US Embassy, Dutch Embassy and the redeveloped New Covent Garden Market.
Tunnelling for the Northern line extension is due to begin in early 2017 and will take six months to complete. At its peak, up to 26 barges a week will leave the Battersea site, each carrying around 1,000 tonnes of earth to Essex by river.
Wandsworth Council hopes the project will enable the regeneration of Nine Elms, supporting around 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes.
During construction, the Northern line extension should support around 1,000 jobs. The wider Nine Elms regeneration programme is also on course to provide around 22,000 construction jobs.
Once the extension opens, London Underground is planning to increase service frequencies on the Northern line to at least 30 trains per hour with the introduction of new trains. The extension will cut journey times to the West End and the City to just under 15 minutes.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This Tube extension is transforming the fortunes of north Battersea. Around these new underground stations we’re building more than 6million square feet of new commercial and cultural space which will make Nine Elms a lively and exciting new addition to London’s South Bank. The regeneration programme is one of the greatest sources of new jobs and homes in the country and this would not be possible without the Tube link.”