Lambeth Council approves Northern Line Extension

Lambeth Council gave its go-ahead to the Northern Line Extension at Monday’s cabinet meeting, March 4, despite at least one community group asking them to wait.
The extension will be built from Kennington to Battersea Power Station via a new stop to be created at Nine Elms, to serve the 16,000 new homes being built as part of the huge Vauxhall and Nine Elms regeneration scheme.
Council leader Lib Peck said: “This is a vital development for jobs and growth in south London and I am determined to see thousands of Lambeth residents benefit directly from the new jobs and homes which are being created on their doorstep.”
The scheme is set to create 25,000 new jobs.
The NLE is estimated to cost £1billion, of which £7.5 million will be provided by the council, out of an estimated £46million that the development should bring to the borough. This is 45 per cent less than the council was initially expected to contribute.
But the cost of non-NLE infrastructure that the borough must provide to the scheme is £52 million, of which only £39 million is accounted for, leaving £13.3 million the council still has to find.
Residents group the Kennington and Walworth Action Group (KWNAG) urged the council to reject the NLE proposal on Monday, mainly because of its “lack of environmental or other detail”, namely the lift shafts in Kennington Park, which they say will blight the green space for three years.
Chair of the KWNAG, David Reed, said: “We feel this project is being rushed through for convenience and Lambeth Council should not feel bullied into agreeing to half-baked proposals.”
Residents group VIVA Vauxhall have previously protested that the NLE from Kennington was favoured from the start without alternatives, such as using the now defunct Eurostar line from Waterloo, being properly considered.
Chair Andrea Hofling previously called Vauxhall and Nine Elms a “Gold Coast” for developers.

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