The Commissioner of Transport for London, Mike Brown, has revealed TfL’s preference for the Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham to go via Old Kent Road, rather than Camberwell, LondonSE1 reports.
The decision to use Old Kent Road as the pass through point for Bakerloo’s extension, which should be completed by 2030 if given the go-ahead, follows an investigation into other potential routes.
A further extension to the route between Lewisham and Hayes would replace existing National Rail lines.
Chancellor Liam Curran said: “All people based along the proposed route will benefit enormously from faster services, which will run right through into central London.”
The plans have been well received by the public. More than nine in ten of 15,000 responses to the public consultation in 2014 were in favour of the extension. However, some locals have concerns about the impact speculators and investors may have on local house prices.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said that improvements to the rail route will help spur jobs and will have a positive impact on regeneration in the south of London.
An extension of the Bakerloo Line has been under consideration since the underground first opened in 1906. Almost 109 years later, plans are finally underway.
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