The opening of London Underground’s new Northern line extension could be marked by a public celebratory procession along the route of the tunnels.
The extension is currently on target to open in the Autumn of 2021, and while transport extensions in recent years have usually been sedate affairs, usually a few well-informed transport geeks, members of the public using the new link as if it’s always been there — followed at a more sensible hour by some officials and a small ribbon-cutting event — not much really happens.
Wandsworth council wants to make a bit of a splash with its new tube line though. Although the extension actually crosses Southwark and Lambeth, most of it is in Wandsworth – so they are leading the publicity.
Details are at a very early stage, but they propose to follow the journey of the first tube train – from Kennington to Battersea Power Station (and perhaps back again) – staying as close as possible to the exact location of the tunnel above ground with a processional performance in the streets.
There’s also talk of pyrotechnics, light or movement to capture, from the air, the image of the NLE in its entirety
To get things started, Wandsworth council is seeking a cultural producer or creative company to develop options for the route and performance. Although there’s funding for the options review, there’s no money for the procession itself, which needs to be raised from arts bodies later.
The feasibility brief is here.
The deadline for applications is Monday 16 November.