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.