Consultation to extend Bakerloo line to Beckenham

Transport for London (TfL) are considering extending the Bakerloo line down to Beckenham Junction and are keen to hear the views of local residents as part of a public consultation.

The first phase of the plans would see the Bakerloo line extended to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate. The second phase would then potentially see an additional extension to the line, beyond Lewisham, to Hayes and Beckenham Junction, which would involve a conversion of the National Rail line via Catford to Hayes to London Underground operation.

Currently South East London is poorly served by the Underground network and the proposals are part of TfL and London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s aims to support growth as the capital’s population continues to grow.

The benefits of such an extension, say TfL, would be a more frequent service and greater capacity; more direct journeys into the West End; direct interchange with all other London Underground lines, the Elizabeth line, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) at Lewisham for Canary Wharf; a new direct link from Beckenham Junction to Lewisham town centre and central London as well as upgraded and fully accessible stations on the Hayes branch.

The proposals would also mean modifying platforms at Beckenham Junction to accommodate the new Bakerloo line trains. The Bakerloo line service would be additional to the existing National Rail services which run to London Victoria.

The consultation closes on December 22 and to have your say or for more information, visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/bakerloo-extension

What are your thoughts on the proposed extension of the Bakerloo Line to Beckenham Junction? Email your thoughts to: editorial@newsinbeckenham.co.uk

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