Nine Elms on the South Bank is located in Central London – walking distance from the Houses of Parliament, Sloane Square, Tate Britain, Battersea Park and Oval Cricket Ground. Westminster lies directly opposite on the north bank of the Thames.
With new development comes increased demand for transport, so an infrastructure investment package totalling more than £1bn will provide new high capacity transport links to the rest of London and will vastly improve existing services to and from the area.
Vauxhall Underground Station is served by the Victoria Line with fast, high capacity services direct to Victoria Station, Oxford Circus, Euston, King’s Cross, Highbury and Islington and on to Walthamstow Central. Clapham Junction Railway Station is within walking distance – offering direct services to Gatwick Airport, Brighton, Southampton and Portsmouth.
A major increase in transport capacity is planned to support the area’s rapid growth. An infrastructure investment package will provide new links to the rest of London and will vastly improve existing services to and from the area. Key upgrades include:
- The Northern line extension which will provide new tube stations at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms on Wandsworth Road. The new underground link will vastly reduce journey times to and from The City, the West End and other major residential and employment centres. The Government has confirmed a £1bn loan guarantee to fund the scheme and Transport for London will make a formal planning application under the Transport and Works Act in 2013. The new stations could open by 2019.
- The Vauxhall bus, tube and rail interchange is being improved to increase capacity and enhance passenger flow.
- The Vauxhall gyratory will be redesigned to ease congestion and create a more pedestrian and cycle friendly environment with improved links to the riverside.
- A new pedestrian and cycle bridge is planned to provide another direct link to Westminster on the opposite side of the Thames.
- A linear park will sweep through Nine Elms on the South Bank following the line of the river. It will provide over four hectares of new open parkland running from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station.
- A new extension of river walk will stretch the full length of the area and a network of cycle and footpaths will be introduced.
- Two new passenger piers will connect Nine Elms on the South Bank to London Riverbus services.
- New bus routes will be introduced through Nine Elms and improvements made to existing services.
- The Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme is also set to expand across the regeneration area.