Transport for London has refined its proposals for the Bakerloo Underground line extension in response to a public consultation, and says it could be completed by 2029.
Under the plans the line, which currently runs from the north-west of the city to Elephant and Castle, south of the Thames, will be extended along the Old Kent Road via New Cross Gate and Lewisham, before linking with existing above-ground tracks beyond that.
Transport for London received more than 4,800 responses to the consultation it launched last spring. The plans include two new stations on Old Kent Road, and extensive upgrades to existing interchanges at Elephant and Castle, New Cross Gate and Lewisham.
“I’m delighted that plans for the Bakerloo line extension are continuing to progress,” said Heidi Alexander, London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport. “New Tube stations providing a direct route for commuters into the heart of central London and the joining up of key transport links across south London will reduce journey times and ease congestion, making a huge difference to the lives of thousands of south Londoners.”
She said the extension would support up to 5,000 new jobs and 25,000 new homes.
“The impact of the Bakerloo line extension cannot be underestimated – it will boost the economy in Lewisham and south-east London, provide the opportunity to build desperately needed new homes and improve transport links into central London,” said Brenda Dacres, a councillor for Lewisham.
“Almost 5,000 Londoners have given their views and this clearly reflects the importance with which they regard these plans. I would urge even more to engage and take part in the further consultation planned for next year.”