Northern Line extension could open before Crossrail

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London Underground’s Northern Line extension could be completed before Crossrail, according to the project’s head Graeme Shaw.

Speaking at Infrarail 2014, Shaw said that a rapid planning and consultation period could see the Northern Line extension to Battersea and Nine Elms completed before Crossrail, which will become fully operational in December 2019.

The project, which is currently awaiting approval from the Secretary of State, will create a new station at Battersea Power Station, which is at the centre of a major redevelopment programme.

Shaw said Transport for London (TfL) is hoping to announce the winning contractor at the end of July. If the government approves the extension, work could start on site this autumn and be complete by 2020, possibly sooner.

“It’s on but it’s still a bit tentative,” said Shaw.

TfL will initially operate 10 to 16 trains an hour on the new line. Eventually, 28 trains an hour will serve the extension.