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Northern Line extension confirmed

Funding for the Northern Line extension to Battersea was confirmed by Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement on December 6.

The Treasury will provide a guarantee that allows the Greater London Authority (GLA) to borrow up to £1bn from the Public Works Loan Board to finance the construction from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms.

The deal is designed to allow developers to raise smaller amounts of funding over several

years and repay TfL, which means it is likely that between £600-800m for the project will be on TfL’s balance sheet for many years.

The extension could cut journey times to the City to around 15 minutes. Work is expected to begin in 2015 and services could be operational by 2020.

The development site around Battersea power station is the biggest regeneration scheme in central London and is hoped to create up to 25,000 new jobs and 16,000 new homes.

More level crossing camera vans deployed

New camera technology has been introduced at Thames Valley level crossings to change motorists’ behaviour and avoid disruption.

Network Rail has funded purpose- built police vans with nine cameras using number plate recognition technology to catch drivers who try to jump lights or drive around barriers at level crossings.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers will operate the vans and have access to all systems needed

to process prosecutions instantly.

Another 12 vans are being deployed across the country to increase safety at level crossings and avoid delays and damage that rule-breaking can cause.

Sergeant Dominique Ioannou, based at BTP’s Reading office, said: “The railway safety camera partnership vehicles currently in use across the country provide an extra tool for offers to deter criminal behaviour at crossings, which can often put lives on the line.

“The BTP marked vehicle allows officers to target level crossings anywhere in the region and to respond swiftly when misuse is reported by rail staff or members

of the public.

“Working closely in partnership with Network Rail, we have been able to make huge advances in influencing driver behaviour and making them aware of the dangers associated with risking lives at level crossings.”

A man died on January 2 when the car he was in was struck by a Trafford Park to Southampton freight service at a level crossing in Yarnton, Oxfordshire.

David Tonkin named RIA chairman

David Tonkin has been appointed the new chairman for the Railway

Industry Association (RIA). He will lead the organisation’s

council, formed of senior representatives of member companies, and direct the activities of the association.

Tonkin takes over from Bombardier’s former chairman

Colin Walton, who has completed his two-year term as RIA chairman. A qualified cost and management accountant (ACMA), Tonkin is Atkins’ UK CEO and has experience in financial and non- financial roles internationally and

across industry sectors.

Tonkin said: “As pioneers of train travel, UK companies can provide valuable skills and experience to support the enhancement and growth of the railway worldwide.”

Camden warns of £1bn ‘damage’ from HS2

HS2 will cost Camden council £1bn, the London borough told the High Court in an appeal to overturn the project.

There are five separate judicial reviews in progress, with evidence given to the High Court for nine days during December.

A decision is expected early this year, and if successful, it could potentially delay the scheme for several years by dragging it back

to the consultation stage.

Camden Council is fighting the potential closure of Camden Town station, as well as the demolition of hundreds of homes to make way for the new line.

Council leader Sarah Hayward has pledged to “fight for every home, school and business, brick by brick” because of the “overwhelming devastation” that HS2 would cause.

But a Department for Transport spokesman rejected this, saying: “HS2 will bring cities closer together, drive regeneration, tackle overcrowding and stimulate economic growth.

“While it would not be appropriate to comment on the specific claims, the Government is confident that the decisions on HS2 have been taken lawfully and fairly and it is vigorously defending these legal challenges.”

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Osborne said: “We’ve already set out plans this autumn for a huge investment in rail, and [transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin] will set out in the new year plans to take HS2 to the North West and West Yorkshire.

“I today confirm a £1bn loan and a

guarantee to extend the Northern Line to Battersea power station and support a new development on a similar scale to the Olympic Park.”

Transport for London’s

consultation on the plans closed on December 30, 2012.

© Ellie LoNardo


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