Transport for London and developer Treasury Holdings are starting a public consultation to hear local residents’ views on the proposed private-sector funded 3km extension of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station. The public consultation starts today (Monday 9 May) and finishes on Friday 17 June.
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy supports an externally funded extension of the Northern line to support development in the surrounding area. The Tube extension is part of a package of transport measures that would enable the regeneration of the GLA’s wider Opportunity Area which covers Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea.
When I first saw this I thought, “Great! They’re connecting Mill Hill East with Edgware” but alas this is not to be. In 1935, there were plans for the Northern line (then known as the Morden-Edgware Line) to connect Finchley Central with Edgware, and to extend further to Bushey Heath and a new depot at Aldenham. Thus creating three extra stations at Brockley Hill, Elstree South and Bushey Heath.
The work was started but shelved during the second world war, but a lot of the land is still available, but an equal amount has been built over so I fear these plans will never come to fruition. After the war, the introduction of the Metropolitan Green Belt meant that residential houses couldn’t be built on the land so the need for stations was removed. Whatever happened to the green belt – Elstree is a thriving communities.