|Northern Line Extension Public Enquiry Starts|
Crucial part of planning process for proposed new tube link
A public inquiry into the proposed construction of the Northern line extension will begin today and is expected to last for around four weeks. The inquiry, called for by the Secretary of State for Transport, is part of the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) process which is usual for a major project of this size.
An independent inspector has been appointed to run the public inquiry to consider Transport for London’s (TfLs) application to extend the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms. The inspector will consider evidence that has been submitted by TfL, individuals or organisations interested in the construction of this piece of infrastructure.
If planning powers are obtained from the Government, and a funding package is in place, then construction of the Northern line extension could begin in 2015 with the two new stations opening in 2020.
The construction of the extension would help kick start regeneration in the Nine Elms area of south London and provide major transport benefits for local people. The extension would reduce pressure on Vauxhall station, provide relief to the existing Northern line south of Kennington and give wider access to leisure and employment opportunities for local people. The new infrastructure would support up to 25,000 jobs and 16,000 new homes.
Should this new Tube link go ahead thousands of people would gain from access to London Underground and journey times from the West End and the City would be cut to 15 minutes from the Battersea area.
Results from three public consultations on plans to extend the Northern line have confirmed strong support for this potential new Tube link. In addition as TfL’s plans have developed for the Northern line extension TfL has met with various community groups that have an interest in this project. Representatives from TfL have listened to their feedback and have identified a series of commitments on a number of issues and areas. More information can be found at: www.persona.uk.com/NLE and at tfl.gov.uk/nle.
Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning for Transport for London, said: “We look forward to fully outlining our proposals for the Northern line extension. This public inquiry is part of the planning process.
“If this transport link goes ahead it would create access to the Tube for thousands of people in south London as well as helping to support new jobs and homes in the area.”