Wandsworth Council has called for Clapham Junction to be upgraded to a major hub, in order, they say, to provide their growing population with the infrastructure they will need.
The council is already looking to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to fund an extension of the Northern Line to Battersea, and now it is calling for that to be further extended to Clapham Junction, or for Crossrail 2 (the proposed line from Chelsea to Hackney) to stop there.
The call is part of a long term vision for the borough which aims to provide thousands of new jobs and the new transport infrastructure needed to support a growing population.
The document will be handed to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson who has asked local authorities to help him produce a ‘2020 Vision’ for the capital.
2011 Census data shows the number of borough residents has increased by 18 per cent in ten years to reach 307,000. The coucil say the population is expected to exceed 340,000 by 2021.
Councillors have highlighted a package of infrastructure investment required to keep the borough moving under the pressure of increased demand and to underpin growth in the local and regional economy.
The council is calling on the Mayor of London to include these projects in his long-term development strategy to ensure local residents and businesses can share in the city’s future prosperity.
- Northern Line extension to Battersea – this scheme would provide Tube access to a poorly connected part of Battersea and would be part funded by the private sector. The council say the project would help create 25,000 jobs, 16,000 homes and deliver “billions” in new economic growth.
- Connecting Clapham Junction – the council wants better integration with main line rail services and a link to the underground network via Crossrail 2 or a further extension of the Northern Line. This would create a highly effective transport hub for south London , boosting the economy and helping local people to make cross London journeys without having to travel through Zone One.
The council is also calling for enhanced transport to Roehampton and Furzedown, the removal of the Wandsworth Gyratory, and for a direct rail link to Heathrow.