Bakerloo Line extension plans released


Plans to extend the Bakerloo line have been unveiled, with Transport for London (TfL) setting out detailed proposals for station locations along the proposed route.

TfL said the extension from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham would create four new stations including two along Old Kent Road, one at New Cross Gate providing an interchange with London Overground and National Rail, and one at Lewisham, providing an interchange with the DLR and National Rail.

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It said collaboration with Lewisham and Southwark councils could see the extension support at least 25,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: `I'm delighted that we're pushing ahead with the Bakerloo line extension two years earlier than originally planned. It will provide substantial benefits for thousands of Londoners, providing a new direct route for commuters into the heart of central London and joining up key transport links across south London.'

As announced in TfL’s Business Plan, the updated scheme brings the completion date of the extension forward by two years to 2028/29, to align with the timetable for the upgrade of the Bakerloo line.

TfL said it remains committed to delivering a second phase of the extension beyond Lewisham, and work is continuing to build a case.

Separately, Mr Khan warned that London’s transport network will grind to a halt under the strain of overcrowding unless the Government backs plans for Crossrail 2.

He said passengers arriving at Euston on HS2 could lose time saved on their journeys if they have to queue to board onward trains, while Waterloo and Victoria and other mainline stations risk ‘rush hour meltdown’.

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