The Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham could be completed by 2029, Transport for London has revealed.
Following a public consultation, TfL said there was “strong support shown for the extension beyond Elephant & Castle”.
The extension includes two new ungrounds stations on Old Kent Road and a stop at New Cross Gate.
Heidi Alexander, deputy mayor for London transport said: “I’m delighted that plans for the Bakerloo line extension are continuing to progress.
“New Tube stations providing a direct route for commuters into the heart of central London and the joining up of key transport links across south London will reduce journey times and ease congestion, making a huge difference to the lives of thousands of south Londoners.”
Under the new plans, work on the extension would begin in 2023 subject to funding. The estimated cost of the six-year project is £3.1bn.
Changes to the plans following the public consultation have meant that there should no longer be a need for a ventilation shaft between Elephant & Castle and the Old Kent Road stations due to the shorter tunnel alignment.
While a new station at the Bricklayers Arms was considered following comments from the consultation, it will not be progressed.
Plans for Old Kent Road ‘station 1’ are being developed, focusing on the site near to the junction with Dunton Road and Humphrey Street. Meanwhile plans for Old Kent Road ‘station 2’ are being developed for the site of the former Toys R Us store near the junction with Asylum Road.
Alex Williams, Transport for London’s Director of City Planning, said: “The Bakerloo line extension is vital to support the growth of south east London as well as improving connectivity and reducing journey times for tens of thousands of people. We have taken on board the views of almost 5,000 people and will now refine the proposals and carry out a further public consultation next year. This will help us shape our plans for the first phase of the extension to Lewisham which is planned to be completed by 2029.”
Councillor Brenda Dacres, Lewisham Council’s Cabinet Member for Parks, Neighbourhoods & Transport (Job Share), said: “The impact of the Bakerloo line extension cannot be underestimated – it will boost the economy in Lewisham and south east London, provide the opportunity to build desperately-needed new homes and improve transport links into central London.
“Almost 5,000 Londoners have given their views and this clearly reflects the importance with which they regard these plans. I would urge even more to engage and take part in the further consultation planned for next year.”
Scheme development work will now take place ahead of a further public consultation next year.
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