Bakerloo line extension

An extension of the Bakerloo line via Camberwell is more popular than an alternative route via Old Kent Road, it emerged today.

Transport for London said 96 per cent of the 15,000 people responding to a consultation backed the idea of extending the Tube from Elephant and Castle further into south-east London.

An option of taking the line via a new Tube station at Camberwell and the train station at Peckham Rye was backed by 64 per cent – while the alternative route via two new Tube stations on Old Kent Road got 49 per cent support.

The route would then link the train stations at New Cross Gate, Lewisham and Catford Bridge before branching off to Beckenham Junction – and possibly on to Bromley – or Elmers End and Hayes.

No funding has been set aside for the £3 billion plans, and work is unlikely to begin until 2025 at the earliest and could take a decade to complete. An extension of the Bakerloo line was first mentioned in 1921.

TfL said there would be further consultation on more detailed route options later this year – including other alternatives suggested by respondents.

TfL said it was “investigating a range of options” with borough councils along the route on how to generate funding.

Boris Johnson said: “It is fantastic that so many people are in support of the plans and I am determined to push ahead with them at pace. The extension has huge potential to breathe a new lease of life into south London’s ‘opportunity areas’.”