The consultation period on London’s Bakerloo line extension is completed, as Transport for London (TfL) published its response to issues raised during last year’s consultation process. TfL says that more than 4,800 responses were received in the consultation held in spring 2017, with many taking the chance to show support for the scheme overall. The consultation asked for feedback on proposals for stations at Elephant & Castle, New Cross Gate, Lewisham and two entirely new stations along the Old Kent Road.
The comments have helped to refine the proposals which will be subject to a more detailed public consultation in 2019.
Taking into account the responses from the consultation, TfL has made some decisions on the proposals and the changes include modifications to the new Bakerloo line station at Elephant & Castle, updated decision on the shaft at Bricklayers Arms roundabout, Old Kent Road stations, New Cross Gate station and Lewisham station.
The scheme development work will take place ahead of a further public consultation next year.
The Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham is an important part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, which was published last year and details plans to create a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city by improving public transport and encouraging active travel.
Plans for Old Kent Road ‘station 1’ are being developed, focusing on the site near to the junction with Dunton Road and Humphrey Street and the 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. Both these locations had the most support in the public consultation and are considered as the best locations to fit in with the proposed route.
The site of the proposed station at New Cross Gate continues to be evaluated and it will be carefully planned to manage customer flows to provide an easy and efficient interchange with London Overground and National Rail services. The evaluation includes looking at ways the station construction can be delivered effectively while minimising any local impact, such as access to the supermarket.
Designs for the potential new Lewisham station layout are being developed to ensure it will provide an effective, simple and quick interchange for customers between the Bakerloo line, DLR and National Rail services.
“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. The extension will also provide a substantial boost to the local economy, helping support up to 5,000 new jobs and 25,000 new homes,” Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport said.