Transport for London is to put £45m in to Vauxhall station and its environs to support the Nine Elms regneration efforts.
TfL say they are trying to help produce a huge increase in jobs, businesses and homes in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea areas. This includes projects to extend the Northern line, transform the gyratory, make major improvements for walking and cycling, enhance bus services and upgrade the Tube station.
TfL plans to invest in the area through major improvements to cycling infrastructure – including a protected off-carriageway route to help cyclists cut across Vauxhall gyratory – as part of the building of Barclays Cycle Super Highway Route 5. TfL is also looking at a variety of future options for the roads and gyratory to improve connectivity with the river, reduce the dominance of traffic and make the area more pleasant for pedestrians.
The upgrade at Vauxhall Tube station is an essential first phase of this strategy, will provide a major increase in capacity and improve accessibility by making the station step-free, whilst keeping it open to passengers. London Underground has now issued a tender for the major improvements and work will start in 2014and be completed in 2015.
The number of passengers using Vauxhall Underground station is set to increase by 40 per cent over the next few years. In order to create extra space, the ticket hall will be reconfigured to allow an improvement and expansion of the ticket gates, reducing congestion within the station. The station, its subways and stairways will be completely refurbished and a lift will be installed between the ticket hall and platforms.
Network Rail is also now completing the national rail station’s upgrade, which includes more lifts to improve accessibility, thus creating a fully accessible interchange between rail bus and Tube.
The Government has agreed a loan of up to £1bn that will allow London Underground to fund an extension of the Northern line to the Battersea Power Station site. An application for a Transport and Works Act Order, which is required for infrastructure of this scale, is due to be finalised in spring 2013.
David Waboso, Capital Programmes Director, London Underground, said: “The works, along with other TfL investment in improving the local transport network, will help support the regeneration of the area.”