The Reader: Northern line should keep heading south to Clapham Junction and beyond

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Station to station: The Northern line now connects to Battersea Power Station (Ross Lydall)
Station to station: The Northern line now connects to Battersea Power Station (Ross Lydall)

I’m sad to see just a two-station stub extension to the Northern line after all these decades of hoping. If only the line could be extended on to Clapham Junction, central Wandsworth, East Putney, Roehampton, Kingston University, then Kingston. A dream since my SW London childhood to cover the inner A3 spine.

I’m in my seventies now so I guess I will never live to see it. Please can the younger generations continue the fight.

Mike Cobb

Dear Mike,

The failure to extend the “branch line” to Clapham Junction seemed like a missed opportunity to me too.

But, on investigation, I was told this was deliberate (aside from the need to save costs): the number of passengers who would have joined at Clapham would have overloaded the Northern line and meant no space for those waiting to board at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms.

The key now is to get Crossrail 2 — which would serve south-west London — out of the long grass, rather than dwelling on what may have been with an otherwise commendable Northern line extension.

Ross Lydall, City Hall Editor

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