The third public consultation on the proposed Battersea Northern Line extension has shored up support for the new project.
Around 1,800 people recorded their views online, with another 700 attending events along the proposed route. Some 48% of respondents thought the proposals were positive, with 26% each considering themselves neutral or against the extension.
The 3km long route would run to Battersea from Kennington, via the new Nine Elms development, and would cut the journey times from this part of London to the City and the West End to around 15 minutes. It is hoped that the extension would also ease congestion at Vauxhall station, in addition to regenerating Vauxhall, supporting up to 25,000 jobs and 16,000 new homes there and in Nine Elms.
Transport for London will now produce an application for a Transport and Works Act Order, to be submitted by spring 2013, seeking the go-ahead for the construction and operation of the extension. If permission and the government funding package are granted work is expected to begin in 2015, with the stations operational by 2020.