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Bakerloo Line extension backed

 

96% of consultees in favour of south London extension

Transport for London has announced that proposals to extend the Bakerloo Line into south London received overwhelming support in a consultation.

Over 15,000 responses to the consultation were received, with 96% of respondents backing the extension and 82% believing it will enable new development in south east London.

Two possible routes were suggested between Elephant and Castle and Lewisham, one via the Old Kent Road and the other via Camberwell and Peckham Rye. The latter received stronger support, with 64% in favour of it, compared with 49% backing the Old Kent Road option.

Only 30% of respondents were in favour of the extension terminating at Lewisham, with 56% backing an onwards extension over the Network Rail route to Hayes and 60% in favour of a extension in tunnel via Beckenham Junction to Bromley town centre.

TfL says a number of alternative routes were suggested, which it will review prior to a further consultation on a revised list of route options in 2016.

The cost of the extension is estimated at up to £3 billion. TfL is also to commence work with London boroughs along the line of route to identify possible funding options. Subject to the necessary permissions and funding, construction could commence by 2025 and be completed during the early 2030s.

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