Lewisham Labour have welcomed the decision to extend the Bakerloo Line to Lewisham, but are demanding that TfL go further and faster.
Yesterday TfL revealed that they favoured the extension of the Bakerloo Line from Elephant and Castle, down the Old Kent Road, through New Cross, and on to Lewisham Station. However, the extension would stop short of going on to Catford, Lower Sydenham and Bromley.
Whilst the decision to extend the Bakerloo Line is to be welcomed, TfL must reconsider terminating the line at Lewisham. Failing to extend all the way to Bromley would not deliver the full benefit of the project. As many Lewisham residents work in Bromley, as do in central London.
The projected delivery date of 2030 is also not ambitious enough. Lewisham is growing fast. We desperately need investment in our transport infrastructure to boost capacity.
Out of 270 stops on the underground network, just 7 are in South East London, and Lewisham does not have any.
The extension of the Bakerloo Line through Lewisham to Bromley would hugely increase capacity and reduce overcrowding. It would cut journey times to central London and link Lewisham directly to the tube network. It would bring investment to the area and allow for more housing development.
Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London has pledged his support for the campaign to extend the Bakerloo Line.
Councillor Alan Smith, Cabinet Member for Regneration said “I am hugely disappointed that TfL are recommending that the Bakerloo line will only extend to Lewisham and am increasingly frustrated at the timescales. The build will take 3 years but the bureaucracy and red tape will add another 10 to that. It’s time for the government of London to prioritise the needs of the south east above yet another tube line in central London and start now, rather than leave us isolated until 2030.”
Councillor James J Walsh from Rushey Green Ward said “Confirmation that the Bakerloo Extension is happening is bittersweet; Boris & TfL's plans are shortsighted and frankly aren't ambitious enough in dealing with the transport misery faced by tens of thousands of South East Londoners daily. The decision to build the most costly part of the extension, but ignore the relatively cheap addition of taking over the overcrowded and poorly managed South Eastern train services between London & Hayes, despite the clear economic benefits, is ludicrous. Proposals fail to take into account that areas between Lewisham and Bromley, like Catford, are slated to be places where London's much needed new homes will be built; without this extension how will TfL get these additional people to work, without exacerbating the daily misery faced by those already fighting their way into London on overcrowded and poorly managed train services?"
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