London Assembly Committee backs Bakerloo Line extension

The Transport Committee of the London Assembly has announced its support for the Bakerloo Line extension to South East London, but has shamelessly copped out of backing one of the proposed routes (the Old Kent Road) over the other (Camberwell).

The letter, which you can read here, argues that whichever route is chosen, the loser should get some form of compensation (they specifically say they are not asking for compensation, but that's exactly what they are doing) in terms of alternative connections. The fact that they suggest reopening the Camberwell Thameslink station suggests they think the OKR route will be chosen.

So, another little step forward for the Bakerloo project, more momentum and more fence-sitting from politicians with one eye on the upcoming London election.

Monkeyboy, who sent us this news and who is something of a railways expert, reckons Crossrail 2 will get built before the Bakerloo. Brockley Central, who knows nothing about nothing, reckons that the Bakerloo extension will get built first. Who will win? Come back in 20 years to find out.

7 comments:

Munchbunch said...

We all want decisions to be taken so work can progress, but it's TFL and the mayor to who need to do that. Transport Committee is representing the consensus views of its diverse members (I guess) - and saying, you have a lot of transport problems in South East London, and whatever you decide for the bakerloo extension will only solve some of them, but it will also constrain your options for solving the other ones, so you need to communicate your overall strategic approach. Sounds pretty sensible advice to me!

Would be quite nice to have the ambition to have a crack at, at least partially, overlapping CR2 and Bakerloowisham

Chrono said...

Crossrail 2 will win. Tfl will never do anything to improve public transport in south East London

Headhunter said...

Crossrail 2 certainly seems further along than the Bakerloo extension. It would be nice to see SE London prioritised but my guts says it won't be. Not sure I care anyway, in 20 years who knows if I'll be living in the area....

Fly Thinker said...

I think the Bakerloo alone should be extended via Old Kent Road to introduce further affield connections to the Old Kent Road area.

But simultaneously, the Northern Line from Elephant and Castle can be extended to Peckham Rye via Camberwell Green and Walworth Road. This short spur would offer the needed connections and capacity to the area whilst also offering a turn back service to London Bridge and the City.

PVP said...

I think it will all come down to funding. If a plan comes together to completely regenerate OKR then there will be developer money for what is a relatively cheap project. If project not come together, then preference for SW (as per Battersea power station spur) will win out.
If you read London reconnections website, it pretty clear London does not have a transport strategy as such as that would require long-term planning. Instead each project is left to its own devices until a group of developers decide that is the one they want to go with.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes - for me, that's what makes Bakerloo Line the most likely to get green-lit first. Raising the financing based on planning gain across a massive route like Crossrail 2 is a nightmare. Raising it by speaking to a few developers about a juicy opportunity along the OKR is relatively straightforward.

Bolt Hole said...

Monkeyboy always was a bit previous. Even for an expert.
20 years.
Don't think so.

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