Plans to extend the Northern Line to Battersea will help regenerate the area and support 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes, TfL says. The two new stations being built at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are set to be completed in 2020. The areas where the main work is taking place are Battersea Power Station, Kennington Green, Kennington Park, and Nine Elms adjacent to Wandsworth Road and Pascal Street.
The Northern line extension (NLE) will improve transport links in the area and “is essential to support the transformation of Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, a designated regeneration area on the South Bank.”
In addition to the jobs and new homes, this would reduce journey times from Nine Elms or Battersea to the West End or the City to, in some cases, less than 15 minutes. An independent report on the NLE shows that it could greatly benefit the area, hence its support from the Mayor of London and Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark councils.
TfL have also opened opened a new entrance at Victoria Tube Station along with an enlarged south ticket hall as part of plans to double the size of the station, slated to be completed this year.
The new entrance via Wilton Road will allow easier access into the south ticket hall and prevent congestion for customers going through the busy Victoria mainline station. The ticket hall has now roughly doubled in size, which will make customer travel a far more pleasant experience.
Once this project has been completed, step-free access will be installed into the three lines which serve it. Victoria is London’s third busiest Tube station with more than 82 million customers using it each year. The improvements are part of the Mayor of London’s commitment to modernising public transport and reducing dependency on the car, which will help make London a greener and healthier place.
Ruth Duston, CEO of Victoria BID said: “As Victoria continues to grow and evolve into one of London’s most exciting districts and economic centres, more pressure is put on the already busy transport infrastructure. This substantial investment and improvement programme at the underground station is therefore going to have a hugely positive impact on commuters and visitors.”
The £700m modernisation project will be completed in summer 2018 when all of the new passageways linking the station together are finished.