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October 2, 2014

TfL launches public consultation for Bakerloo line extension

Transport for London has launched a public consultation on plans to extend London Underground's Bakerloo line from Elephant & Castle station through Southwark towards Lewisham, Bromley and Hayes.

By Samseer M

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Transport for London has launched a public consultation on plans to extend London Underground’s Bakerloo line from Elephant & Castle station through Southwark towards Lewisham, Bromley and Hayes.

The project aims to deliver an enhanced infrastructure in south-London and enable modernisation in various key opportunity areas.

Apart from delivering fast direct services into central-London, the Bakerloo line extension seeks to increase capacity on the national rail network, deliver more services from other destinations and minimise congestion on services into London Bridge.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "It would provide a vital new transport link for the people of south-London and help to spur jobs, new homes and regeneration in this part of the capital."

The line extension project is part of the Mayor’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan, which also includes a proposal for new frequent and high-quality ‘metro’ style services throughout the capital.

"The Bakerloo line extension seeks to increase capacity on the national rail network, deliver more services from other destinations and minimise congestion on services into London Bridge."

The estimated cost of the project is approximated at £3bn and TfL will collaborate with London boroughs to generate this funding.

According to the plan, the extension will go through a tunnelled section from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham. TfL has identified two routes for the extension including one through Old Kent Road and another that goes through Camberwell and Peckham.

The line will then connect to the South Eastern rail line to Beckenham Junction and Hayes through Ladywell and Catford.

TfL managing director of planning Michèle Dix said: "We’re looking at two possible routes for a tunnelled section, as well as a possible extension to Bromley town centre and want to hear people’s views on these proposals."

TfL has also set an option to extend the line east to Bromley town centre, which will give a new direct link to central-London.

The public consultation will take place up to 7 December, with work expected to begin by 2023, after the receipt of approval and funding,

The extension project is expected to be completed in 2030s.


Image: Elephant & Castle tube station’s western Bakerloo line platform, looking towards the sidings south of the station. Photo: courtesy of Sunil060902.

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