Traveling in South East London is supposed to be quite a hassle. North Londoners are sure that beyond Borough Market lies an arid wasteland dotted with Morley’s until you come to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the scenic Greenwich River, where you can retreat your gas mask. South Londoners swear it’s not so bad. They have the Overground, after all. But smug northerners will soon have one less thing to feel superior about, as the Bakerloo Tube line may be extended to Kent.
The brown line currently terminates at Elephant & Castle, bbut proposed plans could take it via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, to Lewisham and beyond.
This is not the first time this idea has been floated. It was first announced in 2017 with plans for the expansion to open in 2029. When TfL’s funding crisis hit earlier this year, it was put on hold. indefinitely, but things are looking hopeful again, with possible new government transport funding currently being discussed. Two years ago, we reported that a consultation on the plans showed Londoners were overwhelmingly in favor of the proposals.
Lewisham is set to be the destination for the first stage of the extension, to link up with the DLR, while the exciting second stage would take the Bakerloo through the suburbs and into Kent, with stops at Ladywell, Catford Bridge, Lower Sydenham, New Beckenham, Beckenham Junction, Clock House, Elmers End, Eden Park, West Wickham and Hayes.
Unfortunately for anyone in Peckham, the line will pass you by, as TfL decided against doing the Camberwell-Peckham route when plans were first drawn up.
A TfL spokesperson said: ‘The route would have a frequent Tube service, improving journey times for customers and providing better connections in south east London and central London.’
If this materializes, there will also be a brand new ticket office at Elephant & Castle station, as well as a new station at New Cross Gate, which would provide better connections to buses, the London Overground and the national rail network. We can finally start filling out the SE card, people!
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