National Infrastructure Plan namechecks Bakerloo and Rotherhithe bridge

An email from Southwark MP Simon Hughes provides more evidence that the Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham is moving steadily up the transport agenda. There's also an encouraging nod towards the idea of a bridge at Rotherhithe. He writes:

In today's National Infrastructure Plan (page 52), the government has signalled its interest in a Bakerloo Line extension and a new Brunel Bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

As you will know, I have been fighting for these two projects to be given the go-ahead in recent times, and it is very satisfying to know that the government is supportive of both of them. We are now a step closer to delivering these essential projects.

In the plan, the government commit to a "full options appraisal of potential major transport projects in London, including an extension of the Bakerloo line and the devolution of South Eastern rail services to London."

The plan also says that "An interesting proposal made by Sustrans, and worth looking at in more detail, would be a new pedestrian and cycle bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf – which could be called the Brunel Bridge in tribute to one of the great figures in the history of UK infrastructure.

It's not much, but it's more evidence that both bridge and tunnel are coming soon. With thanks to Monkeyboy for the tip-off.

15 comments:

Martin said...

I don't know to whom the Southwark MP sent that email, however I find it frustrating that it wasn't a Lewisham MP.

Monkeyboy said...

well tbh its just another MP implying that it was his unique contribution that has pushed this. that would be balls.

Monkeyboy said...

Borisrail

John said...

A Lewisham MP fighting for our constituency? When pigs fly.


Joan Ruddock has been our MP since 1987 and has done nothing for Lewisham despite being part of the previous government. Nothing will change until she is gone.

Headhunter said...

On the subject of the Bakerloo extension did anyone else who filled in feedback about the route get weird email from London Transport? I got an email telling me that they had 3 more questions for me... I clicked a link and it asked me my email address, name and something else like postcode, I then clicked "next" and it asked for an email address so that they could email a PDF of my responses... I filled this in and they literally sent me a PDF of my name, email address and postcode or whatever in a Transport for London document... Bizarre...

David said...

Today's Autumn Statement includes the following:

2.197 Crossrail 2 – The government will provide £2 million between 2014-15 and 2015-16 to support the development of a comprehensive business case produced jointly by DfT and Transport for London, to complete ahead of the next Spending Review. This will be combined with a full options appraisal of all potential major transport projects in London, including an extension of the Bakerloo Line to improve connectivity in south-east London, and the devolution of South Eastern rail services to London

PVP said...

Yep, perhaps checking where people live who responded?

Anon said...

Is the Bakerloo extension a benefit?

Removal from the Hayes line of the direct service to London Bridge (9mins from Ladywell) the alternative requires changing at Elephant & Castle onto the antiquated unreliable Northern Line (19mins in total).
Loss of a simple connection to Thameslink.
If London is shifting east why have a tube line that goes west and by passes London Bridge and what the Shard will bring to the surrounding area?

The DLR was supposed to bring people to Lewisham but it's used to get to Canary Wharf or going shopping at Stratford. Are we in danger of falling into that old Lewisham trap of anything new is better because it is new.

Sine Nomine said...

Changing at NXG for London Bridge would be quicker than Elephant

terrencetrentderby said...

Exactly, a mainline service is much better than the crappy Bakerloo or Northern Lines which are always cramped and horrible.

terrencetrentderby said...

Getting on the London Bridge (or Overground) train at NXG at rush hour is generally considered to be a miracle and a blessing, even when Southern haven’t spontaneously cancelled a train. More passengers will compound this problem.

Ben Brown said...

I'm very excited about the prospect of a bridge from rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, mainly for cycling but I understand the fact tall ships have to go through make any bridge development in that area a costly and tricky option so I have my doubts, but I have lots of hope too. Would be excellent and I could get behind it a lot more enthusiastically than this garden bridge.

Sine Nomine said...

Except that once the Bakerloo extension opens, a whole load of people will be getting /off/ the LBG and ELL trains at NXG in order to change for the Bakerloo...

Anon 2 said...

Cause they work in the west end?

John Death said...

The only gripe for me will be the noise of the tubes. We live on a road behind Ladywell station and the train noise currently isnt a problem (apart from overly loud station announcements) but when you have tubes taking off and arriving every few minutes it will be pretty noisy. Mind you by the time it is delivered I will have probably moved on a long time ago.

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