London called on to ‘Back the Bakerloo’ line extension
10 August 2018
Two south London councils are calling on Londoners from across the city to ‘Back the Bakerloo’ and show their support for the southern extension of the tube line.
Southwark and Lewisham Councils have joined together to launch the campaign to get the whole city behind the plans.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has committed to extending the Bakerloo line through Southwark and Lewisham, which will dramatically improve transport links - relieving the load on the bus and Overground network, and make the wider South London area more accessible than it’s ever been before.
The extension will also deliver thousands of new homes, including affordable homes, and jobs, supporting the local economy and helping tackle London’s housing crisis.
Southwark and Lewisham Councils have been campaigning for the Bakerloo line extension for a number of years, both to improve transport in the boroughs and to help build much-needed new homes.
Cllr Johnson Situ, cabinet member for growth, development and planning at Southwark Council, said: “’I’m backing the Bakerloo because the extension will make a huge difference to people living and working in Old Kent Road, as well as bringing wider benefits to London.
“There will be a new town centre along one of London’s most famous thoroughfares – Old Kent Road – and the extension is key to delivering more affordable homes, jobs and services to this part of London and opening up new opportunities for people across the city.”
Cllr Brenda Dacres, Lewisham Council’s Cabinet Member for Parks, Neighbourhoods and Transport (job share) said: “I’m backing the Bakerloo because it will bring new jobs, more affordable homes and much improved transport links to Lewisham. Travelling from Lewisham to the West End will be eight minutes quicker, there will be a train every two to three minutes, and it is central to unlocking the future economic growth in Lewisham.”
Transport for London (TfL) has set out plans to extend the tube line from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate. A further extension of the Bakerloo line beyond Lewisham has also been proposed, which could potentially bring the tube to Ladywell, Catford and Lower Sydenham.
TfL has carried out a number of consultations on the Bakerloo line extension and thousands of people have responded, overwhelmingly in support.
Southwark and Lewisham Councils are working with the Mayor and TfL to build a strong case for the Bakerloo line extension. If central government approves plans for the Bakerloo extension and the funding needed is secured, construction could begin in 2023.
If you want to find out more about the plans for the Bakerloo Line Extension, and to show your support for the campaign, go to www.backthebakerloo.org.uk
Page last updated: 10 August 2018