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£1 billion Northern Line extension given go-ahead

The £1 billion extension to the Northern Line to Battersea has been given the go-ahead by the Government.

Northern Line train at Belsize Park Credit: Press Association

The extension will create two new tube stops in Battersea - one near Wandsworth Road and another next to Battersea Power Station.

It forms wider plans to regenerate Vauxhall and Battersea that also sees news homes and commercial buildings being proposed along the riverfront as well as the new American embassy being built in the area.

Northern Line Extension Green Light

After years of campaigning, South Londoners are getting the tube extension they've been hoping for.

The Government is expected to announce that a one billion pound extension to the Northern Line has been given the go-ahead today.

The Northern Line Extension will create two new tube stops in Battersea: one near Wandsworth Road and another next to Battersea Power Station.

It forms wider plans to regenerate Vauxhall and Battersea that also sees news homes and commercial buildings being proposed along the riverfront as well as the new American embassy being built in the area.

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Commuters told 'avoid the Northern Line'

Commuters in south London say they're furious with TfL after being asked to avoid part of the Northern Line during rush hour, because it's too busy.

In a pilot project, Transport for London is offering advice on alternative routes, or suggesting that people walk or cycle to avoid the busy stretch between Tooting Bec and Clapham North while improvement works are carried out. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

Your thoughts on the Northern Line proposals

ITV London has been at Clapham South station to see what you thought about TfL asking people to walk or use a different station to avoid overcrowding.

The reaction has been mixed, with some saying it's unfair on people who can't change their journeys while others are happy to try anything that might lessen the crowds.

What do you think? Tweet us @itvlondon or write on our Facebook page at facebook.com/itvlondon.

TfL director: avoiding Northern Line is 'faster and more comfortable'

"During the 2012 Games many of our passengers made small changes to their journeys which meant we were able to carry record numbers without the transport network feeling any busier.

"This section of the Northern Line is exceptionally busy during part of the morning and while the modernisation of the line will help to relieve crowding when complete next year this trial will look at whether we can improve the situation now.

"By making a small change to the time they travel our passengers' journeys could be faster and more comfortable."

– Gareth Powell - TfL director of strategy and service development

Northern Line problems 'frustrating for commuters'

A spokesman from the website Commuting Expert said that while he understood that overcrowding is a real problem and it takes time to build up capacity, it's still a frustrating issue for commuters:

"Transportcosts are going up and up while salaries stay flat - so it is frustrating whenthe service you're paying for isn't the service you're being recommended touse,"

– Commuting Expert spokesman

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TfL spokesman: passengers should walk instead

A TfL spokesman claims it's easy enough for passengers to rethink their journeys to avoid the Northern Line during rush hour:

"For example, if you get the Tube at Clapham North to Stockwell just to transfer to the Victoria Line maybe you could instead walk as it would only take 10 minutes.

"Or could you start your journey 10 minutes earlier to avoid the crowds?"

– Transport for London spokesman

TfL: Avoid the Northern Line - it's too busy

Rush hour commuters are being asked not to get on the Northern Line between Tooting Bec and Clapham North - because TfL say it's just too busy.

Rush hour commuters squeeze into a crowded tube

The pilot project, which starts on Monday, will see TfL offering advice on alternative routes and asking commuters to walk or cycle instead of boarding trains on the line between 0800 and 0845 on weekday mornings.

The scheme follows similar tactics adopted during the Olympics to reduce overcrowding.

RMT challenges Underground to release CCTV

In response to the London Underground statement, an RMT spokesman told ITV London:

"We dispute all of that. It was the automatic operating system that allowed the train onto the track, the incident happened just north of Finchley.

Witnesses say that the trains were at a maximum 200 metres apart and yes the drivers did see each other's vehicles, RMT confirms that.

The driver received a breaking warning signal in the cab...but it was the driver himself who then had to reverse the train back into the station.

We believe that there is also CCTV of the incident and we are challenging London Underground to release that and to agree to a full external investigation."

Underground accuses union of irresponsible 'scaremongering'

"Totally irresponsible of the RMT to scaremonger in this way" says London Underground Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nigel Holness, London Underground’s Operation Director, said:

“It is totally irresponsible of the RMT leadership to attempt to scaremonger in this way.

There was no risk to staff or customers, the signaller ordered the train to come to a halt as it was departing Finchley Central station and when it was around 1 kilometre away from Mill Hill East, and well clear of the single track section of the Mill Hill East branch.

However the signalling would have also prevented it travelling onto the single track.

We are of course looking closely at the incident to ensure that our processes are working and being followed correctly, but we have an excellent safety record and we would never compromise the safety of our staff and customers.”

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