Northern line extension receives funding guarantee

The government has announced that terms have been agreed on a £1 billion guarantee for the London Underground’s Northern line extension to Battersea.

This follows last month’s public inquiry into the project that will see two new stations, one at Battersea power station and one off Wandsworth Road, and require an additional six trains to operate the extended service. The junction for the new line would be near Kennington station and provide Battersea residents with access to the tube network for the first time.

Known as the last dormant district of central London, it is estimated that the extension will not only revive the area with a new riverside town centre, but support 25,000 new jobs and 18,000 new homes at nearby Nine Elms.

It is envisaged that work will commence in 2015, with the line opening in 2020.

The Northern line’s fleet of 106 trains is currently undergoing refurbishment and once resignalled the line will have a headway of just 90 seconds, which will considerably improve capacity on the underground’s busiest line. The line carries 860,000 passengers every weekday, accounting for 25 per cent of the Tube’s total passengers.

Report by Jonathan Webb