EIB to fund London Underground extension
THE European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to fund £480m towards the extension of London Underground's Northern Line to Battersea, which is due to be operational by 2020.
The long-term loan represents nearly 50% of the overall project cost and is to be repaid from a combination of contributions from the developments in the area that will benefit from the extension and business rates from property developed in the Nine Elms Enterprise Zone.
Mr Jonathan Taylor, vice-president of EIB, says: "Long-term investment to improve transport connections in Europe's largest city benefits both passengers and businesses. This extension of the Northern Line will both improve connections to Battersea and unlock regeneration in Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark."
The extension, which includes new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea, will reduce journey times between Battersea and the West End of London to 15 minutes. It is envisaged that the new London Underground link will enable the construction of new homes and offices, as well as support 24,000 jobs. Construction is due to start this year.
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De Europese Investerings Bank is akkoord gegaan met een investering van bijna 480 miljoen pond voor de verlening van de Northern Line in londen. Het is bijna 50% van het benodigde bedrag en zorgt ervoor dat de verlenging in 2020 af is, de bouw start eind 2015.
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