Consultation begins on Northern Line extension

A consultation has been launched on plans to extend the Northern underground line to Battersea, Your Local Guardian reported.

The public consultation will give locals an opportunity to have their say in the proposed three-kilometre extension from Kennington to Battersea Power Station.

Under the plans, two new Tube stations would be created; one in Nine Elms – which is the home of a new major housing development – and one at Battersea Power Station – a site that has long been due for redevelopment.

An extension to the Northern Line could grant more Londoners access to the capital for meetings, wedding receptions or Christmas party nights. The new infrastructure could also support up to 25,000 jobs and relieve pressure on existing travel hubs, like Vauxhall rail and bus stations.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, sanctioned the proposals, according to He said: “The iconic Battersea Power Station and its surrounding area have lain dormant too long but the incredible potential of the area could be realised by a privately funded extension of the Tube.”

“I hope local people will visit the exhibitions and respond to the consultation as the plans have the potential to transform this part of London into a thriving new quarter, and deliver the first expansion of the Northern line for around 70 years,” he added.

Around 40,000 leaflets outlining the project will be distributed to homes and offices in the surrounding development area to gauge local opinion as part of the consultation.

The estimated date for the completed Northern Line extension is 2017, subject to funding and planning permission.