Battersea opens its own underground train station

Flying high: The Transport for London roundel sign is seen floating between Battersea Power Station’s iconic chimneys to celebrate the opening of the new Battersea Power Station Zone 1 Underground station. Its opening marks a significant milestone for the firm.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Battersea Power Station (BPS) has officially opened its own underground train station as part of the northern line extension (NLE) in London.

In a statement, the Battersea Power Station Development Co said the NLE, the first major extension to the London Underground Network this century, marks one of the single most significant milestones to date in the regeneration of BPS and the transformation of this part of London.

“BPS has contributed over £300mil (RM1.7bil) to the NLE which runs from Kennington to BPS via Nine Elms and has enabled the regeneration of both these areas.”

With its very own Zone 1 London Underground station, which was opened on Monday, BPS said it is expected to draw Londoners, international visitors and workers from across the capital with journey times to the West End and the city taking approximately 15 minutes, boosting the local economy and creating over 17,000 jobs.

In the same statement, Battersea Power Station Development Co chief executive officer Simon Murphy said the launch of the NLE was a major milestone in the regeneration of BPS.

“Improving transport links and connectivity to this area of London has been fundamental to the development from the very beginning and we are delighted to have played a key role alongside Transport for London (TfL) and others in delivering the first major extension to the London Underground this century.”

TfL is a local government body responsible for most of the transport network in London.

The BPS development is owned by a consortium of Malaysian shareholders that comprises S P Setia Bhd, Sime Darby Property and the Employees Provident Fund.

Battersea Power Station Development Co chairman Datuk Wong Tuck Wai said this new mode of transport was a gamechanger for Battersea and Nine Elms and will make BPS one of the most well-connected destinations in the capital.

“As a Malaysian tasked to represent the Malaysian conglomerate on this massive project, I am truly proud of the milestone achieved thus far.”

Meanwhile, Battersea Project Holding Co chairman Datuk Ahmad Pardas Senin said the launch of the NLE was a historic moment in British transport history.

“We are delighted to have been able to support and contribute to this pivotal infrastructure project, which is set to significantly enhance the connectivity of this part of London.

“This is a proud day for Malaysia and all those involved in transforming the historic iconic BPS and its surrounding area, being the largest Malaysian investment in the UK into a new destination where people can live, work and enjoy.”

Battersea Power Station Development Co said the milestone is one of many this year.

“It follows the recent news that the former coal-fired BPS itself, which lay dormant for decades after it was decommissioned in the 1980s, welcomed its first-ever residents in the Spring following the completion of Switch House West.

“The rest of the building will be completed in stages throughout the year, with residents moving into the Boiler House and Switch House East in the coming months.”

On a broader front, Battersea Power Station Development Co said Circus West Village, the first phase of the iconic £9bil (RM52bil), 42-acre BPS project, welcomed its first residents in 2017.

It said BPS will also shortly announce further British and international brands set to join a strong line-up of retailers already set to open their doors at the London landmark next year. This will include the likes of Hugo Boss, MAC Cosmetics, Space NK, Watches of Switzerland, Jo Malone, British heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua’s gym, BXR and The Cinema at The Power Station, a new cinema and private members club.

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