Transport for London are currently seeking views as to whether the Bakerloo Line should be extended from Elephant & Castle through Southwark and towards Lewisham, Catford, Bromley and Hayes (you can see the proposed options on the map below).
I have long supported these plans and know that these plans would be welcome in an area which largely remains untouched by the tube map.
For my constituents, one of their main public transport concerns relates to the overcrowding of Southeastern services into and out from central London during peak hours. The extension of the Bakerloo Line would significantly ease overcrowding and would increase the range of central London destinations my constituents could reach without an interchange. Improving connectivity and increasing capacity on public transport routes is necessary to realise growth and housing opportunities in south-east London and the capital more widely.
I'm pleased that a consultation is now happening but it is depressing to think that the current timetable (which expects the project to be delivered by 2050) suggests people like me will be close to retirement age by the time any tube trains actually find their way to Lewisham.
I encourage everyone who uses public transport to make their views known to the Mayor and TfL about how much this extension is needed and what a massive difference it could make to our part of London.
You can find out more about TfL’s plans and share your own views on proposals at the following link
This consultation closed on 7 December 2014. You can read my response here.