The extension of the Tube’s Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms has been given the go-ahead today by the Transport Secretary.
The extension, which will begin construction early next year, will cut journey times to the West End and the City to just under 15 minutes and will see two new stations constructed by 2020 – one at the heart of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and another at Nine Elms to the east.
The project will involve the construction of more than three miles of new tunnels and will cost up to £1bn, which is being funded entirely through contributions from the developments in the area that will benefit from the extension.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I am delighted we can confirm that early next year the spades will be hitting the ground for the creation of the Northern line extension.
“Driven by improved transport links this part of central London is set to move forward a century in a matter of a few years, supporting 24,000 new jobs and more than 18,000 new homes. The benefits of major infrastructure projects such as this are enormous – cutting journey times for passengers, supporting London's future growth and creating jobs right across the UK.”
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin made the Transport and Works Act Order, which will give permission to London Underground to start work on the extension yesterday following a public inquiry conducted by an independent inspector last year.
Earlier this year TfL awarded the contract to design and build the Northern line extension to Ferrovial Agroman Laing O'Rourke. During construction the project will support around 1,000 jobs, including around 50 apprenticeships through the supply chain.
Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: “This vital new part of the Underground network will support and enable growth in an area that is rapidly developing. By 2020 we will have created over three miles of new tunnels and two brand new stations that will transform transport links to the area.”
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Battersea and the benefits will be felt right across Wandsworth. This part of the borough is already coming to life with thousands of new homes and jobs and its two new Tube stations will turbo charge the process.
“The Northern line extension will take the pressure off the rest of our local transport network and gives Nine Elms official Zone One status.”
From December this year new signalling on the Northern line will mean a 20 per cent increase in capacity through central London during peak times, according to London Underground – enough for an additional 11,000 passengers per hour. By 2020 it plans to increase train frequencies on the Northern line to at least 30 trains per hour with the introduction of new trains.