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Transport for London (TFL) has announced its plans to make two new Northern line stations in the Nine Elms area Zone 1.

The changes would also include seeing Kennington change from a Zone 2 station to a Zone 1-2 interchange.

The move could significantly boost commerce in the area, as businesses acknowledge its status as a central London location.

Ravi Govindia, the leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “Zone 1 status will draw more commercial occupiers to Battersea and help us create 25,000 new jobs in this underused part of the riverside. This Tube extension has the potential to expand the central London economy into Wandsworth and deliver the growth, opportunities and new homes our city needs.”

The changes would be the first rezoning since Acton Central became a Zone 3 station in 2008.

The final decision lies with the Secretary of State for Transport and if the changes are pushed through, the tube map would have to be redrawn.

TFL said, though, that the proposed alterations in Nine Elms would have “very little impact on TFL fare revenue and passengers forecasts but would clearly signpost the Nine Elms Opportunity Area as part of central London, helping to further the aims of and aspirations for the area.”