Northern Line Battersea Extension - Opened September 20 2021

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So they're running the new operational timetable today, just empty between Kennington and Battersea Power Station Station, I guess the call may be made in the late afternoon to switch to passenger service if they have a solid morning.
 
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No, it will not be (running to Battersea this afternoon). Nothing has gone wrong (yet) but passenger service will not begin until tomorrow.
 

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Good to know. Don't know if anyone saw the Tweets from @geofftech, but it seems like the maps in at least four stations have been incorrectly printed with "Power Station Battersea" instead of "Battersea Power Stations". Very unfortunate.
 

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No, it will not be (running to Battersea this afternoon). Nothing has gone wrong (yet) but passenger service will not begin until tomorrow.
Does this mean that a full sweep is made of every train at Kennington sb?
 

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So does that mean if it's going round the loop they leave it alone?
There is no need for them to detrain XKL trains, but when the next one gets to Kennington (currently at Leicester Square) I'll let you know if they do or not - joys of CCTV!
 

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There is no need for them to detrain XKL trains, but when the next one gets to Kennington (currently at Leicester Square) I'll let you know if they do or not - joys of CCTV!
Cheers, would be interesting to know.
 

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Good to know. Don't know if anyone saw the Tweets from @geofftech, but it seems like the maps in at least four stations have been incorrectly printed with "Power Station Battersea" instead of "Battersea Power Stations". Very unfortunate.
****ing incompetent surely.

Weren't there also maps at stations a couple of months ago which had Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station the wrong way round on the map too (i.e. with Nine Elms as the final station on the line)

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Cheers, would be interesting to know.
They're not fully detraining, but the platform staff are advising customers that the train terminates - (which is fair enough considering they're on the platform already). If you wanted to do the loop, your best bet would be car 2 on the South end.
 

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They're not fully detraining, but the platform staff are advising customers that the train terminates - (which is fair enough considering they're on the platform already). If you wanted to do the loop, your best bet would be car 2 on the South end.
OK, cheers. I might try and do the loop tomorrow after I've ridden the extension and a few other things. Plan was to get on at Waterloo (to a Kennington stopper obvs)
 

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OK, cheers. I might try and do the loop tomorrow after I've ridden the extension and a few other things. Plan was to get on at Waterloo (to a Kennington stopper obvs)
Tomorrow you shouldn't have an issue anyway; as the Battersea trains will be in service we won't have additional detrainment staff at Kennington.
 

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I guess that makes sense - as it means everything can be tested out operationally today without needing the stations manned to the extent that's required for evacuation purposes.
 

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I guess that makes sense - as it means everything can be tested out operationally today without needing the stations manned to the extent that's required for evacuation purposes.
I believe they're fully staffed, judging by the number of people in LU operational uniform around the station ticket halls.
 

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Good lord, did they outsource the vinyl map printing to the lowest bidder or something?
Probably. I heard the TfL design dept was more-or-less wound up and discontinued a few years back. You get what you pay for!
 

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I believe they're fully staffed, judging by the number of people in LU operational uniform around the station ticket halls.
Yes, the stations have been fully staffed for a couple of weeks now. Still various pieces of work to be completed even today and over the next few weeks.
 

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Yes, the stations have been fully staffed for a couple of weeks now. Still various pieces of work to be completed even today and over the next few weeks.

The outside of Battersea is still a bit of a building site in parts.

Indeed, it’s quite surprising just how dumpy the environs around both stations are. Definitely scope for some regeneration. Both are very much “local” stations, they’re not the bigger “destination” type places we tended to see on new likes like the JLE, or even going back to the Victoria Line.
 

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Probably. I heard the TfL design dept was more-or-less wound up and discontinued a few years back. You get what you pay for!
But outsourcing the design posters and maps is no excuse for allowing errors like that to actually appear in public

Surely someone is responsible for hiring "Acme design and printing" to produce them, telling them what to do, and verifying that it is correct before being put up in stations etc
 

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Good to know. Don't know if anyone saw the Tweets from @geofftech, but it seems like the maps in at least four stations have been incorrectly printed with "Power Station Battersea" instead of "Battersea Power Stations". Very unfortunate.
“TfL will see my tweet and have it corrected overnight by tomorrow” - Geoff

Some nice humility there!

Personally I don’t see a big deal. Everyone knows what it is. It’s just like “Lime Street Liverpool” which is displayed in Norfolk, or “British Steel Redcar” which was more commonly used in official and formal terms than “Redcar British Steel” was.

“TfL will see my tweet and have it corrected overnight by tomorrow” - Geoff

Some nice humility there!

Personally I don’t see a big deal. Everyone knows what it is. It’s just like “Lime Street Liverpool” which is displayed in Norfolk, or “British Steel Redcar” which was more commonly used in official and formal terms than “Redcar British Steel” was.
Edit: I didn’t see the Nine Elms and BPS being swapped blunder. That is a big deal. Someone’ll be in for a meeting with tea and no biscuits for that, I’m sure!
 
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Arrive in the northbound platform, de-train, reverse around the Kennington loop (in the "wrong" direction) to the southbound platform, depart Southbound back to BPS.

Necessary for the first few trains as it takes some time for the first southbound trains from Highgate etc to reach Battersea.

Is the reverse also true for the last few trains at night?
 

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Good to know. Don't know if anyone saw the Tweets from @geofftech, but it seems like the maps in at least four stations have been incorrectly printed with "Power Station Battersea" instead of "Battersea Power Stations". Very unfortunate.
Is power for the new extension fed from the Battersea Power Station end? Or isn't there enough power there since Battersea Power Station was decommissioned?:lol:
 
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Well - the extension has opened and there are two very impressive stations! (Not sure if it was deliberately kept under wraps, but I didn't see any pictures of the Battersea mezzanine - perhaps the most impressive section of all - pre-opening!). Don't normally link to my blog on the forum but rather than double-posting essentially the same post again, I've posted my thoughts in a bit more detail and several pictures here: https://transportedbytechnology.co.uk/transport/tube-battersea-extension/
 

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Well - the extension has opened and there are two very impressive stations! (Not sure if it was deliberately kept under wraps, but I didn't see any pictures of the Battersea mezzanine - perhaps the most impressive section of all - pre-opening!). Don't normally link to my blog on the forum but rather than double-posting essentially the same post again, I've posted my thoughts in a bit more detail and several pictures here: https://transportedbytechnology.co.uk/transport/tube-battersea-extension/
Looks like rather a long walk at Kennington between the Morden and Charing Cross lines.
 

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Looks like rather a long walk at Kennington between the Morden and Charing Cross lines.
It does (and its not!) - not entirely sure why the new tube map layout has quite such a gap at Kennington.
 

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I know it's (probably) not her, but the extension (and Bank) announcements to me sound an awful lot like Emma Clarke - even down to the intonation. I think the fact that the audio quality isn't as muffled or distorted is confusing people, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's her.
 
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I know it's (probably) not her, but the extension (and Bank) announcements to me sound an awful lot like Emma Clarke - even down to the intonation. I think the fact that the audio quality isn't as muffled or distorted is confusing people, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's her.

I thought TfL were moving towards synthetic voices a la Heathrow T5 and AviaVox? Would they even have the right to use the voice of someone they fired fifteen years ago as the basis for new announcements?
 

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I’m surprised the announcements around Kennington haven’t changed. Going north from Morden it still says to change for (other) Northbound services but doesn’t reference changing for new Southbound (westbound?) services. Similarly going southbound simply references the Northbound service with no reference to the direct interchange to Battersea. Perhaps it’s being done progressively by train and I’ve just been unlucky three times!
 

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