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12 November 2014, 19:11
A planned £1bn extension of the Northern Line to Nine Elms and Battersea has been approved by the government.
Transport for London say the new underground spur from Kennington will support the development of Nine Elms on the South Bank as a major extension to central London, supporting 25,000 new jobs and over 18,000 new homes.
They also say the Tube link will cut journey times to the West End and the City to just under 15 minutes.
Two new stations will be constructed – one at the Battersea Power Station development and another just off Wandsworth Road.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Battersea and the benefits will be felt right across London. This part of the capital is already coming to life with thousands of new homes and jobs and its two new Tube stations will turbo charge the process.
“This council has now set its sights on a second stage extension taking the Northern Line all the way to Clapham Junction where it could interchange with the proposed Crossrail 2 service. We will continue to lobby for the major investment our transport network needs.”
Construction of the extension could now start as soon as spring 2015. Over three miles of new tunnels will be constructed and the brand new stations could be opened by 2020.