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Monday, 18 August 2014

Extending London's Bakerloo line - Consultations with Public

In September public consultations will begin on extending the Bakerloo line much further into south-east London.  At present the line finished at Elephant & Castle (area named after a local pub!), just three stations south of the Thames.

As south-east London is currently poorly served by Underground train, any extension to the Bakerloo line will be warmly welcomed.  But an appropriate route still needs to be decided.  Below you can see proposed routes.

Extending the Bakerloo line in London
On the map, the Bakerloo line is shown in brown.  There are tentative plans for new stations, or interlinks with existing stations, at Walworth, Southampton Way, Peckham Rye, Nunhead, Brockley and Lewisham.  Stations further down the line could include Hayes and Beckenham Junction.  It could even go as far as West Wickham and Bromley, getting towards the edge of London.

The peak service would have up to 27 trains an hour as far as Catford Bridge, with 15 trains per hour to Hayes, and 6 trains an hour to Beckenham Junction  A cost has been given of £2.6 billion, although this seems rather on the conservative side.

Certainly the proposals for an extension are being encouraged from the offices of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.  A spokesman has declared, "The Mayor believes that south London deserves greater investment in transport infrastructure, which is why he is seeking more control over suburban rail services .. and exploring the possibility of extending the Bakerloo line."

We will just have to wait and see.