Transport for London (TfL) is looking at proposals that could benefit residents south of Lewisham if an extension to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) goes ahead. An image on the TfL website shows a number of proposed routes, including one that extends the current branch from Lewisham to Ladywell, Medusa, Catford and Forest Hill.
The proposals have been put forward by TfL to support the London Plan, which sets out a strategy to improve the economic, environmental, transport and social framework of London over the next 25-30 years.
The extension aims to improve access and capacity to Docklands from South-East London. Residents from stations along the proposed extension would be able to travel to Canary Wharf using a single DLR service, campared with a combination of Overground and Underground services.
Residents in Forest Hill argue that the extension would ease congestion on bus routes, including the 185 from Forest Hill to Catford. But some websites including the blog site London Reconnections question the viability in terms of the work required and cost to implement such a scheme.
A spokesperson for Transport for London said:
Areas of potential growth and opportunity for Docklands Light Railway expansion have been identified in the south east London area and they are now in the early stages of being investigated. Any decisions on what shape or form that expansion may take are some time away and nothing will be decided without full consultation.
Other proposals for the DLR include extending the branch from Bank to St Pancras, Bank to Victoria, Gallions Reach to Dagenham Dock and double-tracking between Bow Church and Stratford.