Overcrowding: Vauxhall Underground station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3315
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The recently published Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Planning Framework indicates likely overcrowding at Vauxhall Underground Station if regeneration plans go ahead. Will you consider accelerating or bringing forward planned crowd mitigation and capacity improvement works at Vauxhall to ensure much-needed additional capacity will be in place to deal with projected increases in passenger numbers?

Answer

Answer for Overcrowding: Vauxhall Underground station

Answer for Overcrowding: Vauxhall Underground station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London's (TfL) Business Plan (through to 2017/18) includes funding for a congestion relief scheme at Vauxhall in the latter years of the plan. Work is scheduled to commence in 2016 with expected completion in 2018.

The framework you refer to presents several scenarios with different levels of development all of which would potentially increase demand at Vauxhall, however there are no timeframes provided for any of these. The current economic climate makes it difficult accurately to predict both the level and timescales for development, and consequently the associated growth in demand.

TfL is seeing both a loss in revenue due to the current economic climate and increased costs with the impact of the Metronet collapse, and there is a need to achieve significant cost reductions.

Taking these factors into context, London Underground cannot consider bringing forward station plans for Vauxhall. In any case, TfL would expect a substantial developer contribution towards any transport improvements necessary to support such a development.