Next step for Northern line extension

Published: 8 November 2012

Transport for London (TfL) has launched the third and final public consultation on plans to extend the Northern line from Kennington to Nine Elms on the South Bank.

TfL wants to hear local residents' views before the application for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) is finalised in spring 2013. The TWAO is needed before construction of this large piece of infrastructure can begin. 

The proposal would create two new Tube stops - one on Wandsworth Road in Lambeth, the other at Battersea Power Station in Wandsworth.

Both sites are located within the 195 hectare Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration area.

Two previous consultations have showed that there is strong support for the 3km Northern line tube link which would help create up to 25,000 jobs and 16,000 new homes.

Transport benefits would include; creating Tube access for thousands of people, cutting journey times from this part of London to the West End and the City to around 15 minutes; reduced pressure on Vauxhall station and relief to the existing Northern line south of Kennington; and wider access to leisure and employment opportunities for local people.

This latest consultation aims to provide more detailed information about the proposed sites for the two new stations, two permanent shafts and two temporary shafts required to build the extension. Underground railways need shafts to be built to provide ventilation, cooling and emergency access if necessary.

Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning for Transport for London , said: "We are really keen to hear what local residents and business have to say about our proposed plans for the Northern line extension before they are finalised."

Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said:  "We are now moving into the final phase of consultation on this hugely important transport upgrade. It is the key that will unlock 25,000 new permanent jobs for London and billions of pounds in economic growth.

"Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils, TfL and HM Treasury are now working up the financing package which will include hundreds of millions from the area's private sector developers. This is a great piece of business for London."

Public exhibitions are being held at various venues in the boroughs near the route. Local people are encouraged to come and talk to representatives from TfL at the following locations:

Market Towers , 1 Nine Elms Lane , SW8 5NQ on Thursday 15 November at 15.00hrs to 20.00hrs and Friday 16 November at 08.00hrs to 18.00hrs;

Sainsbury's, 62 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2LF on Friday 23 November at 12.00hrs to 19.00hrs and Saturday 24 November at 09.30hrs to 13.00hrs;

Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4BU on Thursday 29 November at 15.00hrs to 20.00hrs;

The Kia Oval, Executive Box 56 , Kennington , SE11 5SS on Friday 7 December at 12.00hrs to 19.00hrs and Saturday 8 December at 09.30hrs to 13.00hrs.

In addition to these events, over 40,000 households along the route of the proposed extension will receive a detailed leaflet about the proposals.

If planning approval is obtained and a funding package is in place then construction of the Northern line extension could begin in 2015.

Go to www.tfl.gov.uk/nle  to provide feedback on the proposals, view and download further information about each of the sites and complete the feedback form. The Consultation will close on 16 December  2012.

About Nine Elms on the South Bank

Nine Elms on the South Bank includes the Albert Embankment, Vauxhall and a large slice of industrial Battersea.

An enormous investment programme has begun to transform the area - around 2million sq m of new development has been granted planning permission across the district.

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership was created in 2010 to coordinate and drive forward the area's transformation. Co-chaired by the leaders of Wandsworth and Lambeth Council, it includes the area's main developers and landowners, the Mayor of London, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.

Up to 16,000 new homes will be built - 14,000 already have planning consent and the first 1,000 are now under construction.

Up to 1,000 construction and engineering apprenticeships could be created across the regeneration programme.

The new Nine Elms on the South Bank will provide 25,000 new permanent jobs for London .

A new stretch of the Thames riverside path will run through the district and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge is planned to create another link to Westminster on the opposite bank of the river.

Work is now underway on major developments including St George's Vauxhall Tower scheme and the St James Riverlight development. 

Enabling works are also underway on the site of the new US Embassy which is expected to open in Nine Elms in 2017.

For more information visit www.nineelmslondon.com

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