Residents support Bakerloo line extension from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham

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The extension of the Bakerloo line into south-east London received a boost today after two-thirds of local residents and businesses backed the scheme.

Transport for London published the results of its public consultation into the £3.1 billion infrastructure project, which will lengthen the line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham. 

It revealed the favourite locations for four new stations — at Lewisham, New Cross Gate and two along the Old Kent Road — and raised the possibility of a fifth at Bricklayers Arms roundabout. 

The new route, which TfL said could be complete by 2029, would dramatically improve the area’s transport links, with a Tube every two to three minutes.

South-east London is currently almost totally reliant on bus and rail.

However, there is likely to be some local controversy over the siting of the stations and, crucially, three deep ventilation shafts needed for the work, as they will be close to residential areas. 

Some TfL insiders also remain nervous about how the project will be paid for as although it is identified as a capital scheme by the Mayor’s transport body, funding is not yet in place.


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