Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Northern Line extension proposal

Like Blue Eyes, I am in favour of the proposed Northern Line extension, as far as it goes—which is not very far.
For a part of London so near to the centre, it is crazy how inaccessible this area is. If I had to find something critical to say, it would be that the route is not ambitious enough—could it not head further West to join up with somewhere on the District line?

When I replied to the consultation survey, my own suggestion was that the line should extend beyond Battersea and terminate at (the relatively near-by) Clapham Junction which, despite being the busiest rail station in Europe (by number of trains), has no Tube station.

The driver—and, indeed, source of much of the money—seems to be the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, which looks to be (if it actually happens) a rather exciting development of a sadly neglected landmark.

Let us see how it goes...

4 comments:

TheFatBigot said...

The biggest problem is that it's the Northern Line.

Anonymous said...

See http://londonreconnections.blogspot.com/2011/05/narrowing-options-and-raising-cash.html for a proper debate on this.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it could be paid for by a new capital gains tax on local landowners?

Blue Eyes said...

Anon, it's being paid for by something close to a land value windfall tax.