TfL plans for DLR, Overground and Bakerloo extensions in Lewisham

BCer Monkeyboy has sent us a copy of the latest TfL Business Plan. In the section called "Unlocking the Future Growth of London", the document highlights Lewisham as a borough where future capacity is required and alludes to the possible extensions of Overground, Bakerloo and DLR services in the borough:

We are continuing to assess ways to improve access to Lewisham and Bromley. These will be considered through a coordinated approach, which will include options such as a possible extension of the Bakerloo line, the DLR or the Overground. A key focus is how any proposal will be funded.

The Mayor has been teasing us with the prospect of a Bakerloo extension for a long time now, though at best, it appears to be a rhetorical admission that such a scheme makes a lot of sense, rather than a serious plan. However, the steady drip of news and commentary about these three projects is encouraging. Each of them has the potential to unlock huge regeneration benefits.

8 comments:

Simply Lorna said...

Forgive my absolute an utter cynicism, however, as with all the underground extension plans - I'll believe when I see it. Yes, yes, the Overground happened but for any investment into building new tunnels anywhere other than North, South or East London, I think nothing short of a miracle would be needed.
The idea of an "extension" has been mooted by every Mayor, MP, GLC leader (back in the day) and lord knows who else since as long as I can remember and certainly as long as I have lived in South East London. What's the betting these plans have suddenly resurfaced as a lot of South Londoners (East & West) have made noises about the minimal impact that Night Tube will have for us.
I'll believe it when I see it.

DT said...

I hope they choose the Bakerloo Line. It'll be useful at all times and a backup if Southeastern/Southern services out of London Bridge are disrupted like they was a few weeks ago.

StLW said...

"Greater Brockley" is pretty damn well served by public transport (despite the moaning that sometimes occurs here), and the eventual delivery of Thameslink improvements should make London Bridge/Charing X trains a bit less awful. Of the possible Bakerloo extensions, the most optimal may not necessarily go through the area (Option 2 here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakerloo_line_extension_to_Camberwell looks the most deserving to me). The less glamorous, but more deliverable (ie could be funded by development receipts) and more beneficial for "Greater Lewisham" may be a DLR extension to Catford and on towards Bromley.
The bigger issue is that BoJo hasn't actually planned any new tube investment other than the extension to Battersea (and he didn't plan that, just secure the funding for). We'll feel the squeeze after he's long gone...

Kate said...

BoJo's reason for not extending the Bakerloo line is the quality of the soil. Apparently it's not as good as that in north London....

DT said...

That was true at one time but modern TBM can handle the soil. Also, doesn’t the Northern Line go to Zone 4 in South London?

20/20 said...

All You Need To Know

http://www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk/forum/read.php?5,1040078,1201868#msg-1201868

20/20 said...

This could be interesting :
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/forum/read/1/166698/177219#msg-177219

PVP said...

Some sort of progress, however qualified:

http://www.transportxtra.com/magazines/local_transport_today/news/?id=37097

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