Overwhelming public support for Bakerloo Line Extension - Simon Hughes

Overwhelming public support for Bakerloo Line Extension


96 per cent of those who responded to Transport for London's public consultation support the prospect of a Bakerloo Line extension that would improve transport links in south east London. 

The message from the public is that they support a two-branch Bakerloo line extension down both the Old Kent Road and throughCamberwell. More people are in favour of an Old Kent Road extension than against.

The key points of the consultation were:

  • There were over 15,000 responses;
  • 96% of respondents support the proposal for an extension of the Bakerloo line
  • Over 50% think it will improve commuters’ movement and relieve congestion
  • There were two proposed routes for an extension from Elephant & Castle and Lewisham. Both the route via Camberwell and Peckham Rye and the route via the Old Kent Road had strong support from members of the public as well as from political stakeholders: MPs, councillors and members of the GLA.
  • 11,000 people who responded to the consultation supported the purpose of the extension – to enable new development in southeast London.

There will be another report published later in the year to address some specific points people raised when replying to the questionnaire and another consultation will be opened in 2016. This second consultation will focus more directly on route options.

I am also writing to Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, confirming my support for a two-branch extension.