THE JUBILEE Line Extension edged a step nearer completion this week with the opening of the railway through to Waterloo station. Trains will now run directly from Stratford to central London on weekdays from 5.45am to 8.15pm.
Passengers will have to wait a few more weeks before being able to get on or off at London Bridge and Southwark stations, which are yet to gain safety approval from the Railway Inspectorate.
Extended night time and weekend working will allow final testing of trains and signalling so that the entire £3.3bn extension can be hitched up to the existing Jubilee Line within the next two months. Westminster will be the last new station to open on the extension.
Although still undergoing final fit out and testing, with more than 500 tradesman working 24 hours a day in the 12- storey deep station, JLE remains confident that it will beat the Millennium opening deadline.