South London underground extension to begin
by Marco Cillario Wed 1st February 2017, 1:58 pm
Tunnelling to create an extension of the Northern line between Kennington and Battersea will begin in March, the mayor of London has announced.
Sadiq Khan confirmed that work on the first major underground extension since the 1990s is to begin, as two tunnel boring machines were unveiled in Battersea on 20 January.
They will create two 3.2km tunnels to extend the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line from Kennington in Lambeth to Battersea in Wandsworth, via Nine Elms.
The Northern line extension will enable the regeneration of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea areas by supporting around 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes.
Around 1,000 jobs, including circa 50 apprenticeships, will be created during the construction phase.
Two new stations are also being developed: one at the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and another at Nine Elms, serving new developments such as the United States embassy and the redevelopment of New Covent Garden Market.
“Extending the line to Nine Elms and Battersea is going to be a real boost to south London,” said Khan.
Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground, branded the announcement “a historic moment”.
He added: “The Northern line extension will bring Battersea and surrounding areas to within 15 minutes of the West End and the City.”
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said that the extension was “already transforming the fortunes of north Battersea”.
“The Nine Elms regeneration programme is one of the greatest sources of new jobs and homes in the country and this would not be possible without the Tube link.”
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