UK: London Underground announced on August 21 that it had selected Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke to design and build the 3·3 km extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Nine Elms and Battersea. The six-year contract covers the main construction works and is worth £500m.

The £1bn project is being funded entirely through developer contributions and an enterprise zone from 2016.

A public inquiry to consider the Transport & Works Act Order application ran from November 19 to December 20 2013. A decision on the order is expected later this year. The proposed start of construction is ‘spring 2015’ for opening in 2020 at the earliest, subject to funding and permission.

‘As our population grows faster than any other European city, the case for stable and sustained investment in London’s transport network has never been stronger’, said London Underground Managing Director Mike Brown.

  • LU has invited expressions of interest for the supply of ‘modern equivalent trains’ for the Northern and Jubilee lines. The initial order would be for five six-car Northern Line trains, with options for up to 45 more trains for the Northern Line and 18 seven-car trains for the Jubilee Line.