Clapham Junction set for improved links

Published: Thursday 5th December 13

Clapham Junction could get a new direct rail connection to Heathrow and an improved link to Gatwick under plans announced by the Chancellor.

Proposals outlined in the Government’s 2013 National Infrastructure Plan could put the Battersea rail hub within 30 minutes of the UK’s two biggest airports.

Clapham Junction is also on the proposed Crossrail 2 route which would connect the station to the London Underground network.

The National Infrastructure Plan also confirms the Government’s backing for the Northern Line extension with a £1bn borrowing guarantee. This will create new Tube stops at Battersea Power Station and just off Wandsworth Road.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said:

“This is all great news for Battersea. It shows what can happen when a council spells out its ambition and sets about bringing all the parties together to make it happen. Major transport schemes like the Battersea Northern Line spur promote growth and improve connectivity.  We are determined to achieve the best transport solutions for our residents and businesses.”

Heathrow Rail Link

The 2013 National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) includes a commitment to investigate options for improving rail access to the airport from the south. A £1m study will now take place.

Brighton Main Line

The NIP commits the Government to investigating upgrades to the Brighton Main Line which connects Gatwick to Clapham Junction and London Victoria. Plans include a £50m redevelopment of Gatwick Station, a Network Rail study into capacity upgrades and ‘smart ticketing’.

Northern Line extension

NIP confirms the Government will back the Northern Line extension to Battersea with a £1bn borrowing guarantee. This follows the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and the Battersea Power Station developer signing a vital commercial agreement which clears the way for the Government guarantee to go through.

Find out more about the council’s transport development plans at


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Recent comments

What has happened to the idea of local Gatwick Airport services stopping at Balham. Surely this makes sense as it is the first connection to the Underground? As a Balham resident I would welcome this hugely.
Tessa Quartermaine

30 March 2014

great news for Clapham. We are based in south London so it should be easier to reach our client faster
baba zizu

12 December 2013

Utter tosh! Let's have a reality-check. Only honest comment here is about the northern line. A £1 million study is another delaying tactic. Council supported Airtrack scheme for Heathrow, despite if being unviable and keep saying it will happen but not doing enough to MAKE it happen. Improvements to Gatwick is hardly going to make much difference here and no guarantee some express trains will stop at CJ. Cross rail 2 is not funded yet and won't be built until 2030, when many reading this will not longer be 'with us'! Less spin, fewer promises of jam tomorrow and more hard graft to get improvements to rail services actually delivered. CJ is still an awful station to use-why not sort out the footbridge and tunnel first?!
A. Non

5 December 2013