The Anonymous Widower

Battersea Gets Its Tube

The extension of the Northern Line to Battersea has been given the go ahead.

Construction will begin in spring 2015 and it is hoped the line, which will be extended from Kennington to Battersea, will open by 2020.

Two new stations will open – Nine Elms to the east and one at the heart of the Battersea Power Station development.

The full cost is expected to be up to £1bn, which will be funded by developments in the area.

I think one of the most significant parts of the report is the last line of that extract.

According to Wikipedia, the original proposal was put together in May 2010, and I certainly saw an exhibition about the extension in December 2012,

I know it’s only a short extension, but to go from proposal to construction start in two years is some sort of record for London.

Surely, all big infrastructure projects should be started like this. And of course financed if possible in a local manner or by developers.

The one question about what is proposed, is when is it going to be extended to Clapham Junction.

I suspect that if they did this, it would be so successful, it would swamp the Northern Line and throw Battersea back to the 1960s, with respect to transport links.

This is the schematic of the route.

The Route

The Route

And this is what the area looks like in Google.

The Google View

The Google View

I couldn’t quite align the two maps, but you can just see the Kia Oval at the right in the Google view.

November 13, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,

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