Update on Bakerloo line extension proposal

Greenwich Conservatives are supporting calls for an extension to the Bakerloo London Underground line.

The proposed south-eastward extension of the Bakerloo line from its current terminus at Elephant & Castle could follow one of two routes through Southwark to New Cross Gate and Lewisham. It is hoped it would then continue on to Hayes via Catford using existing train tracks.

Local campaigners believe residents around Eltham, New Eltham, Mottingham, Blackheath and Lee would hugely benefit if the extension goes ahead. The Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham would open up several new destinations direct from Lewisham such as Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Paddington.

Much easier connections to the Overground (to destinations such as Forest Hill and Croydon) via New Cross Gate would also be provided. As a terminus, New Cross currently only gives northbound links.

A Bakerloo extension would also free up capacity on packed Southeastern trains, which will be even more overcrowded by 2030 when developments like Kidbrooke Village and Lewisham Central are complete.

Furthermore, if the Hayes via Catford train line becomes part of the Bakerloo line, there would be greater capacity on the Lewisham to Charing Cross/Cannon Street stretch of the tracks, allowing more frequent trains for Greenwich residents.

Should the Bakerloo line be extended, new rolling stock will be needed as trains such as those used by Southeastern cannot run on Tube tracks. A new home for the freed-up Southeastern rolling stock could be on other local lines, such as the three currently used by Greenwich residents.

Councillor Matt Clare, Greenwich Conservatives transport spokesman, said: “Someone from a local community group recently quipped that he would be 102 years old when the Bakerloo line extension opens.

“Big projects like this take time, but we are all now benefitting from former battles fought to win Crossrail, the Jubilee Line extension and DLR in decades past.

“We should all therefore give the fight to secure a Bakerloo line extension our enthusiastic support.”