One of the distinctive moments that turns a hole in the ground into a tube station has taken place – with the installation of tube roundels on the Northern line extension.

(c) TfL

In total, 113 roundels are being manufactured for installation at the two new Northern Line Extension stations – 62 for Battersea Power Station station and 51 for Nine Elms station.

The new roundels are being manufactured at family-owned AJ Wells & Sons Ltd on the Isle of Wight where London transport signage has been produced for generations. They are the first roundels to be manufactured for a new Northern line station since the opening of the extension to Morden in 1926.

Work to extend the line is currently focused on the fit-out of the new stations including the installation of escalators, installing the power supply, and extending the signalling used on the Northern line into the extension.

In addition, the two new Northern Line Extension stations will feature newly commissioned permanent artworks that will be incorporated into the ticket halls of each station.

The extension and the two new stations are currently expected to open in the Autumn of 2021.

(c) TfL


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  1. So, will it stay on the outside “BATTERSEA POWER STATION STATION” in line with TfL design standards?

  2. Andrew Jarman says:

    Surely they have made new Northern Line signs since 1926 given that a few stations ended up being renamed since 1926? Plus didnt the Northern City Line get TfL signs in 1933? Plus the Charing Cross renaming saga!

  3. Simon R says:

    Also, wasn’t the High Barnet LNER line made part of the Northern Line in the 1930s/40s ? The underground platforms at Highgate opened in 1941 which definitely counts as a ‘new’ station, even if some of the ones further out already existed.

  4. Mark O'Reilly says:

    What about the jubilee line extension in the 90s.

  5. Torqueback says:

    With ‘Battersea Power Station’ becoming the terminus of many Northern line services, are there plans to widen the destination indicators at the front of trains to accommodate such a long station name?

  6. Geoffrey says:

    The name Northern Line has long been a misnomer as Morden is the Southernmost station on the Underground. As now via Charing Cross o#will not go to Morden I suggest that tow separate names – Strand via Charing Cross retaining Black (Coal at Battersea Power and Lombard via Bank with Gold. The two lines north of Camden Town would have both colours a
    Also take the opportunity to Shorten Hmaersmith & City, which gets mangled by most computer screens to plain Hammer Line retaining colour. Also of make the Edgeware Road to Wimbledon/Olympia part of District line a fully separate line =Earls Line with very pale green colour. It is separtely operated on shorter trains.

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