The Anonymous Widower

When Does The First Train Run To Battersea Power Station Tomorrow?

This paragraph from Wikipedia describes the opening of the Victoria Line.

The line opened from Walthamstow Central to Highbury & Islington on 1 September 1968. There was no opening ceremony; instead the normal timetable started. The first train left Walthamstow Central for Highbury & Islington at 7:32 a.m. The line proved to be popular; more than 1,000 tickets were purchased at Highbury & Islington within its first hour of opening.

When I went to the opening of Whitechapel station in August, it was very much a low-key opening that had been flagged-up on the Internet. I wrote about it in Whitechapel Station – 23rd August 2021. The only thing out of the ordinary was extra staff and cups of teas and biscuits, that could be purchased.

Surely, that is the way to do it! No fuss! No long boring political speeches and no keeping the plebs out of the way of the Great and Good!

Everybody just gets on with using the station or the line.

But I can’t find any information on what is happening tomorrow about the opening of the Northern Line Extension to Battery Power Station station.

Does this mean that there’s a big do with all the Great and Good?

As with the Victoria Line in 1968, there must be people who want to use the new extension.


September 19, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. A TFL press release gives details of when first train will arrive at Battersea Power Station at around 5.30 am .

    I have read of an official opening with Mayor Khan and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps but not the time .

    Comment by Melvyn | September 19, 2021 | Reply

    • I must admit I agree with the Duke of Edinburgh on opening ceremonies. He said for something like the Olympics, the Head of State or some other important person, should get up and welcome everybody and after that the games would start.

      I shall be going around ten tomorrow! Are you going?

      Comment by AnonW | September 19, 2021 | Reply

      • I live outside London but depending on weather may visit later in the day .

        Comment by Melvyn | September 19, 2021

  2. You have to work it out for yourself.
    They’ve announced it opens tomorrow
    Then you have to check the TfL first and last train Northern Line timetable. Oops they’ve not updated it as I write, luckily the My London website tells us the first tube from Battersea Power Station is at 5.28am

    Comment by fammorris | September 19, 2021 | Reply

    • Getting there at 5:28 is difficult from Dalston, even if I get up on time.

      I think I’ll go and have my usual Monday morning breakfast at Leon on Moorgate at about 9 and then get a Central Line train from Bank to Tottenham Court Road, where I’ll get a train to Battersea Power Station station.

      Comment by AnonW | September 19, 2021 | Reply

      • Alternatively you can get a city branch Northern Line train from Moorgate and cross the platform at Kennington to get a train to Battersea branch stations.

        Comment by Melvyn | September 19, 2021

      • I suspect the moorgate option doesn’t permit step free travel

        Comment by fammorris | September 19, 2021

  3. I know that. But If I caught a direct train, I’d know they were running!

    Comment by AnonW | September 19, 2021 | Reply

  4. Moorgate is now step-free to the concourse or sub-surface line level and then you can descend to the Northern Line via the escalators that serve the Northern City Line. The lifts have been installed to get to the Northern Line, but won’t open until Crossrail opens.

    Comment by AnonW | September 20, 2021 | Reply

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