Battersea Northern line extension given green light

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that he will make an order giving the go-ahead for plans to construct a 3.2km extension of the London Underground's Northern line to a new station at the site of the disused Battersea Power Station.

Northern line: go-ahead for extension to Battersea (picture by John Blower)
Northern line: go-ahead for extension to Battersea (picture by John Blower)

In a decision letter published today, McLoughlin said that he would make an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 giving permission to London Underground to extend the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms.

In a statement, mayoral agency Transport for London said that two new stations will be constructed - one at the heart of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and another at Nine Elms to the east, serving new developments such as the US Embassy and the redevelopment of New Covent Garden market.

The order made by the transport secretary authorises the compulsory acquisition and temporary use of land for the works and grants deemed planning permission and listed building and conservation area consents for the project.

In a 300-page report to the transport secretary and communities secretary Eric Pickles, inspector J S Nixon recommended that the order be made.

Leader of Lambeth Council, Lib Peck, welcomed the decision to give the go-ahead to the plan to extend the line, which TfL says will cut journey times from the area to the West End and the City to just under 15 minutes.

Peck said: "This major infrastructure is vital to Vauxhall's regeneration and the opportunities that's bring for local people.

"Good transport links like the proposed new Nine Elms tube station are critical to the transformation of Vauxhall."

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: "This is fantastic news for the people of Battersea and the benefits will be felt right across London. This part of the capital is already coming to life with thousands of new homes and jobs and its two new Tube stations will turbo charge the process."

The decision letter is available here.

The inspector's report is available here.

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