Government safeguards Bakerloo line extension route

4 March 2021

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has issued directions to safeguard the route of the Bakerloo line extension from Lambeth North to Lewisham. This protects the land required for the tunnels, alongside new stations along the Old Kent Road, at New Cross Gate and Lewisham, as well as key operational infrastructure and construction sites. The Safeguarding Directions follow on from a public consultation which showed that the extension had the support of nearly nine in 10 respondents, as well as from businesses and local authorities along the proposed route.

Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council, and Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, said in a joint statement: “Today is a major milestone for the Bakerloo line extension. The safeguarding directions will prevent premature development on sites required for the project and enable us to deliver this vital project when the time is right.

“Extending the Bakerloo line and upgrading the existing line will connect an historically underserved part of London to the Tube network, while unlocking thousands of new homes that London desperately needs and supporting new jobs.

“We will continue to work with the Government and others on options for funding so this scheme can be delivered and its many benefits realised.”

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