Battersea Extension Oct 18, 2017 19:00:40 GMT
Post by snoggle on Oct 18, 2017 19:00:40 GMT
holborncentral it could go either way. If TfL are making a point that the developers need to stump up more cash to get the stations fitted out then I imagine that they'll do the maintenance required to keep the tunnels functional enough that it really is just the station fit out standing in the way of a service.
Or they could just be abandoned bar enough maintenance that they don't collapse or otherwise pose a danger.
Or the tunnels/station boxes could be rented out to third parties like the deep level shelters are. Either on short or long term leases.
It really depends on what TfL see as being in their best interests.
Another option I've just thought of is that they run a service through the tunnels as if the stations were open, they just do so without any passengers on. Perhaps the most pointy option, and not one I think they'd choose without being very sure that everything standing in the way of a passenger service is the responsibility of the developers.
If I was a betting man (I'm not) then I expect the extension will fully open but possibly late and with a dispute ongoing between the parties.
The second viable option is to not complete the BPS station to a standard passengers can use. However trains could run there to turn and staff could access / leave the site for evacuation / inspection / maintenance purposes. I do expect Nine Elms would be open under this scenario to serve the new housing and American Embassy nearby plus the more established area a little beyond.
I don't see the route being left part built or part finished in a way that would prevent the movement of trains. The issue is all to do with the cost of Battersea Power Stn station not the rest. Regardless there are no doubt a whole pile of related issues that limit TfL's ability to act in a cavalier way not the least of which is good old politics and what it would say about the Mayor and the way he's run things. He's very unlikely to hand his opponents a great big stick to hit him with during an election year. He ain't that stupid.