Consultation for Bakerloo Line Extension

Transport for London has initiated consultation proceedings for a southern extension of the Bakerloo line, from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, Bromley and Hayes.

The scheme would cost between £2bn and £3bn to build, but would be dependent on contributions from residential and commercial developments in the area served (and which have yet to be built).

TfL is still undecided on the route the tunnelled section between Elephant & Castle and New Cross Gate should take: One option is via the Old Kent Road; the other via Camberwell and Peckham Rye.

From Hayes, London Underground would take over the existing Network Rail services to Hayes. TfL is also considering a tunnelled extension from Beckenham Junction to Bromley.

TfL says the extension would provide a much-needed high frequency, high capacity service into south east London. The current service frequency on the Hayes branch (to London Bridge) is six trains per hour. This would be increased to 15 trains per hour if the extension goes ahead (though trains will no longer run through to London Bridge).

If funding is agreed, construction could start in the mid 2020s and be completed by the early 2030s. The consultation ends on 7 December.

657/Oct 14

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