Bakerloo consultation produces massive yes vote

TfL has published the results of its recent consultation about the proposed southern extension of the Bakerloo Line via Lewisham. It found that:

- The vast majority of South East Londoners want it to happen (96% of respondents)

- There is an overwhelming consensus that South East London is relatively poorly served by public transport

- That the route proposed for the more populated, more middle-class area (Camberwell / Peckham Rye - 64%) received more public support than the route through a designated regeneration area, currently populated by warehouses and car lots (Old Kent Road - 49%)

A useful exercise, we can surely all agree.


In amongst the statements of the obvious, there are one or two interesting findings, including that there is marginally more support for the line to stop in Bromley than in Beckenham and Hayes and little appetite for it to end in Lewisham.

The most telling result was that this consultation produced one of the highest turnouts in TfL history, despite the project's modest scope, underlining how much of a no-brainer this is.

Next steps: Get on with it.

Thanks to everyone who sent this to us.

11 comments:

Jon said...

Middle class people respond to consultations, the less well-off less so. I hope TfL realise that and build it down OKR (or both routes). If you've ever been stuck in traffic on OKR, there's pretty much no other option but to get off the bus and walk to New Cross or wherever you're going (a lovely walk).

DT said...

I would prefer OKR myself, I've been stuck on the 453 bus at OKR Tesco trying to get to Elephant & Castle; had to get off and walk there.

Camberwell just needs their local station reopened.

Emma said...

Lets hope they listen and just get on with it. 15 years still seems too far away but at least it's an improvement on the original 2040 proposed date.

terrencetrentderby said...

OKR is a desolate Zululand when it comes to public transport options. With all the development land available and proximity to central London expect some lobbying to come from the likes of Lend Lease.

Horgan Grynde said...

Yeah agreed - OKR was a No Brainer.
Boris will see to that.
Is that funny?
+
Like the silent H.

Olaf_Hansen said...

Aside from which route the extension takes through Southwark (it doesn't matter, as long as it goes somewhere), what about Bromley? Bromley MP Robert Neill on p161 is reported to be fully supportive of the scheme. However it's councillors are opposed. Stopping the extension in Lewisham feels like a half baked solution, so it'll be interesting to see what solutions eventually come out of this.

N said...

'Zululand'?

Joe said...

So everyone's cool with that bit of throwaway racism there? Wow.

Headhunter said...

What throw away racism... You mean the mention of Zululand? I read that as being a metaphor for a far flung, hard to reach spot but I suppose it could refer to the inhabitants of the area around OKR...

Headhunter said...

I have to say, the OKR route makes more sense in terms of opening up a public transport desert... Previously there was a major station at Bricklayers Arms (which connected to London Bridge I think) and a station along the line at OKR but those closed in the 70s or 80s and the line was replaced by cheap housing, supermarkets and commercial space

Headhunter said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Kent_Road_railway_station

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