Northern Line Extension Consultation Has Started

The consultation on the proposed extension of the Northern line to Nine Elms and Battersea has started.

Transport for London (TfL) says the extension, along with a regeneration of Vauxhall and Nine Elms will provide 16,000 homes and 25,000 jobs — magic words for anyone who has been following the ongoing squeeze on unemployment and housing in the capital. New stations at Battersea and Nine Elms would mean reduced journey time to the City and west end, as well as easing the strain on Vauxhall station and the existing Northern line south of Kennington. You can see the plans here. If all goes according to plan, TfL estimate the stations could be open by 2020. Councillor Lib Peck, Lambeth Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said:

“Lambeth Council fully supports the Northern line extension because it will breathe new life into the Vauxhall and Nine Elms area. It is vital that the infrastructure is put in place in Vauxhall to help Lambeth’s residents access the tremendous employment opportunities that will come from development in this area. The proposed new Nine Elms tube station in Lambeth is critical to this, as is the transformation of the gyratory at Vauxhall to make it a better place to live and work.”

There have been two public consultations already on the extension –  you can view the results and TfL’s comments here. Diamond Geezer visited the proposed sites recently and goes into more detail about what it means for the area.

If you want to have your say on the Northern line extension, visit one of TfL’s roadshows:

  • Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5NQ, Thursday 15 November at 3pm to 8pm and Friday 16 November at 8am to 6pm.
  • Sainsbury’s, 62 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2LF on Friday 23 November at 12 noon to 7pm and Saturday 24 November at 9:30am to 1pm.
  • Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4BU on Thursday 29 November at 3pm to 8pm.
  • The Kia Oval, Executive Box 56, Kennington, SE11 5SS on Friday 7 December at 12 noon to 7pm and Saturday 8 December at 9:30am to 1pm.

The consultation will close on 16 December 2012.

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  • http://twitter.com/omgaz Gary Chisholm

    Does anyone know if the Northern line is getting improved carriages? Even a sardine feels uncomfortable riding these things during rush hour. I think that’s more of a priority than adding more stations that will just add more people to an already over-capacity line.

    • BethPH

      I can’t find anything which suggests improvements to carriages, but if anyone else comes across something, do let us know as that’s an interesting question.

      • BethPH

        Actually, having said that, I just found on Boriswatch that LU are considering ordering more stock for the Northern and Jubilee lines and a comment on London Reconnections which says it’s to serve the extension. If I come across anything else I’ll post it.

      • lloydengland

        I had read, a couple of years back, that the eventual aim of the tube upgrade was to have new trains on every line. However, I can’t find it online now when searching so I’m now doubting myself!!

        However, something to help alleviate over crowding, by 2014, due to new and improved signalling, TFL should be able to run more trains per hour on the Northern Line – apparently increasing capacity by a fifth.

        Source: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/18091.aspx

  • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

    The trains on the Northern line are relatively new (first introduced in 1998) and hence unlikely to be replaced for many years yet.

    • BethPH

      I understood the LR and BW mentions to be additional stock rather than replacement but admittedly that was my interpretation rather than stated fact.