Tube funding case plotted

A Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station could be funded largely from developer contributions, major landowners and councils in the area have claimed.

A study commissioned by landowners, the Greater London Assembly, Transport for London and the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth has put the total cost for new infrastructure at £1 billion, of which the tube link accounts for £560 million.

The study found that the Nine Elms area would also require new primary schools, expanded secondary schools, 11 doctors' surgeries, police and fire facilities, community facilities and play and green spaces.

An application for a Transport and Works Act order for the line is expected next October. "Figures in the study confirm that an extension should be viable," said London deputy mayor for planning, housing and sustainable development Sir Simon Milton.

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