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Northern Line Battersea extension consultation starts

Transport for London (TfL) and developer Treasury Holdings have today launched a public consultation to hear local residents’ views on the proposed private-sector funded 3km extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station.

The Mayor’s Transport Strategy supports an externally funded extension of the Northern line to support development in the surrounding area. The Tube extension is part of a package of transport measures that would enable the regeneration of the GLA’s wider Opportunity Area which covers Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea.

It is projected that this new infrastructure would support up to 25,000 jobs and 16,000 new homes in the area. It will supplement existing Tube and National Rail stations, as well as the Vauxhall bus interchange, and help ease pressure on Vauxhall station.

If the extension goes ahead two new Tube stations would be created, one at Nine Elms and one at Battersea allowing easy access to the Tube network. Local residents would be less than 15 minutes by Tube from Battersea to the West End and the City.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station last year – the approved plans include a Tube station at the power station but the full development is dependent on the extension of the Northern Line. The construction of the extension is subject to external funding and the award of a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) by the Secretary of State.

In the first stage of the public consultation process in 2010 local residents were asked by Treasury Holdings to comment on four possible route options, all of which ran from Kennington to Battersea Power Station. The preferred option was the route via south Nine Elms.

 “The iconic Battersea Power Station and its surrounding area have lain dormant too long but the incredible potential of the area could be realised by a privately funded extension of the Tube,” said Johnson.

 “We’re very much behind this private-sector funded project, which will not only support the proposed development of the Northern Line extension but become an important transport link for people in the Battersea and Nine Elms area,” said TfL managing director for planning Michèle Dix.

The planning framework for the area includes a proposed level of developer contributions which can be used to fund infrastructure, including the Northern Line extension.

“The extension of the Northern line is recognised as necessary for the full regeneration of the Nine Elms Opportunity Area, said Treasury Holdings managing director Rob Tincknell.

The public consultation finishes on 17 June and subject to funding and further planning permission the extension could be completed by 2017.

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