Battersea tube station begins to take shape

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Last week Councillor Philip Normal from Oval Ward and I visited the emerging Battersea Tube station. A chance to dress up of course but also to see the progress. Behind us the tunnel snakes off to the new station at Vauxhall. The track has been laid but signal and other wiring awaits. And for the first time a pedestrian walkway is included for the maintenance crews, emergency services and us if we need to evacuate a train.

The start of service is targeted for 2021 at the moment but much has been achieved. The station is on the scale of Canary Wharf and will at its peak be able to offer a service of around 30 trains an hour. This does depend on the Northern Line being split into east and west lines. major works at Camden Town, the re-alignment of platforms at Bank, new rolling stock etc etc. There is a huge underground ticket hall and room for lifts, escalator and shops.

All around though is chaos with the Thames Tideway (giant sewer) tunnel being built next door and more housing developments starting than you can shake a stick at. All this means the first tube services will be on a smaller scale, ramping up as people start living in the area. Or will they? Let’s hope the buildings don’t end up like some of the ghost towers on Vauxhall Cross.

And topping out of the building on Kennington Green is almost completed – let’s hope for some greenery again soon.

This video from TFL shows just how important Kennington was to the whole project.

Finally for those affected by the noise of trains on the ‘Kennington Loop’ TFL are planning a meeting for later this month – watch out for details in David Amos’s weekly e-newsletter.

Jon Davies

 

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