Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Government Backs Tube Extension Plan

Northern Line Map (click to enlarge)

Chancellor George Osborne has backed plans to extend the Northern Line to Battersea in south London, which he says could create 25,000 jobs.
The new line would run from Kennington via Nine Elms to Battersea and has already received approval from the Mayor of London.
In his Autumn Statement he said the government would support the scheme, in partnership with the private sector.
He also said they would work with London's mayor on options for new Thames river crossings.

It is hoped the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, which will include shops, office space and leisure facilities, will create 25,000 jobs and the construction of 16,000 homes.
The landmark will be restored to generate green energy in the future, but its chimneys will be demolished and rebuilt, as they are "beyond repair".
The Grade II listed building opened in 1933 and generated power until 1983.
Restoration of the main power station, including rebuilding the chimneys, will be completed by 2016.

Ways to maintain the UK's aviation hub status, excluding a third runway at Heathrow, would also be explored.
The multi-billion-pound programme of funding for infrastructure projects is designed to get Britain's economy moving.

David Gambles