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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Battersea Power Station Tour & Tube Plans

As mentioned yesterday a small group of us went on a walking tour of
Battersea Power Station to take some pictures and try to find out more about the plans for a possible London Underground station there. It was amazing to see the iconic site so close up and it's absolutely enormous.

Battersea Power Station and Plane

The plans for the site, which stopped producing power in 1983 and became a listed building in 1980, are pretty impressive and ambitious. Better public transport was seen as central to the development of the area. The current proposal is for a new London Underground Station - Battersea - and this would be on the Northern Line in an extension from Kennington via Wandsworth Road.

Sustainable Transport System - Battersea Power Station

Proposed Extension to the Northern Line - Battersea Power Station

Fuller details can be seen in the image below:

Proposed Tube Extension - Battersea Power Station

It's going to be privately funded and could be in operation by 2015. The proposed extension would carry 24,000 people per hour, with a journey time of around 11 minutes to Bank and Leicester Square. If this happens it will absolutely rock, as the area is sadly lacking in decent public transport and Vauxhall is apparently at capacity already.

It's well worth going along to see the entire plans for the area including the futuristic & ginormous EcoDome where it's guaranteed not to rain!

Battersea Power Station Model and EcoDome

The site is open from 10am to 6pm on 5th July 2008 and we saw signs that the opening & walking tours have been extended to Saturday 12th & Saturday 19th July 2008. Check the site for full details and opening times of these new later dates.

Battersea Power Station Towers

There's a few more of my pictures from our afternon at the Battersea Power Station here and I'm sure that TikiChris, Mex and Jemimah will upload more pictures soon.

Update - December 2012 - George Osborne has approved the finance to build the two new Tube stations for Battersea and Nine Elms.


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