Your local Labour Party has launched a campaign to build public support for the Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham via Southwark & Bromley, which is currently being consulted upon by Transport for London. The campaign, brings together local residents, businesses, campaigners and community activists to call for the (next) Mayor of London to make good on under investment in the transport infrastructure in our part of London, as we know tacitly both the frustrations faced by commuters and the opportunities that will come if the Bakerloo Line is extended towards us.
The plan would see the Bakerloo Line extended from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham and then out to Kent replacing the Hayes mainline service. Key partners, such as National Rail, have already shown their support In July 2011 Network Rail published its Route Utilisation Strategy for London and the South East. This recommended an extension of the Bakerloo line to Lewisham, where it would take over the line to Hayes and release capacity on National Rail lines into Charing Cross allowing more mainline services to operate through the area and into Kent. This was reaffirmed in January 2012 when Network Rail published a summary of its London & South East Route Utilisation Strategy again these recommendations included a Bakerloo line extension.
Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham said
“south east London has been overlooked for too long. We successfully campaigned for the DLR and the Overground extension, but we desperately need better transport infrastructure. I’m calling on the Mayor to pull his finger out and make this happen.”
Councillor Alan Smith, the Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Regeneration said,
“Extending the Bakerloo Line through Lewisham will be great for local people. It will improve access to central London, bring investment, jobs and regeneration to our borough. But it’s also the right thing to do for London – Lewisham has so much potential.”
The plan also has the backing of local MPs Heidi Alexander and Jim Dowd as well as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate in Deptford, Vicky Foxcroft.
The campaign is asking residents along the whole route of the development to show their support by adding their name to the petition which can be found at http://www.bakerlooextension. com
You can also get updates on twitter by following @BakerlooExt.
Copy of the full GLA’s infrastructure plan is located here https://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/business-economy/vision-and-strategy/infrastructure-plan-2050