Possible Routes Published For Bakerloo Line Extension


Boris Johnson has been teasing an update about a possible southern extension to the Bakerloo Line for a couple of weeks now, and in the newly released London Infrastructure Plan 2050 we can see what Transport for London has in mind.

The preferred route runs from the current terminus at Elephant and Castle down Old Kent Road and through New Cross and Lewisham, down to Catford and then on to Hayes and Beckenham Junction. Catford would get up to 27 trains per hour, Hayes up to 15 tph and Beckenham up to 6 tph.

There looks to be a second, less favoured possibility running through Camberwell and Peckham before getting to Lewisham, but that would hit fewer of City Hall’s ‘opportunity areas‘.

South East Londoners need to contain their unbridled joy at finally being on the tube map (no more blank looks when we say where we live) because this project is being pencilled in for… 2040. And a lot can change in that time.

The infrastructure plan contains lots of other interesting things and is now open for consultation until 31 October.

Update for no reason other than it made us laugh — thanks to Jim Waterson of Buzzfeed who spotted something on the back of the Transport Supporting Paper:


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  • freethinker85

    I live in New Cross and looking at the lack of capacity on the Overground and trains during peak times, and also considering that we are an Opportunity Area that will see lots of new car-free households in area within next 10-15 years, I would say we need this by 2025-2030 at the latest in order for the area to keep functioning and to have a chance of developments being sustainable. If this doesn’t happen, we will need a good alternative to meet demand.

  • VagueShot

    I was at the presentation by TfL at Dalston Junction about Crossrail 2, where they were talking about how the line went in Hackney. It was all very practical and they said that Crossrail was developing new methods, which would make Crossrail 2 more affordable.

    So as the Bakerloo Line Extension will follow the construction of the Northern Line Extension to Battersea, that line will decide the fate of the Bakerloo Line Extension. If the NLE goes well and is built fast, then that could apply to the BLE. But if the NLE is a disaster, then it’ll be goodbye to the BLE.

    Could they use the same engineers and machines for example?

  • d

    The route via Peckham doubles up on Thameslink, as can be seen on the map. Interestingly, there used to be two more stations on this stretch, Walworth Road and Camberwell Road, which closed in the early 20th Century. With the Thameslink upgrade finished as of 2018, it’ll effectively become a new metro for London, or a second Crossrail, and should arguably be on the tube map, and used as such.

    In other words, if the Bakerloo follows the Old Kent Road route, it’s not the end of the world for Camberwell, as there are other rail options in the area (i.e. perhaps we should look at new-old stations).

  • Paddy4

    Amazing why not reopen the Epping to Ongar central line it would help reduce car journeys into Harlow and Epping

    • Kevin

      That section has now become a heritage railway line so it’s highly unlikely they’ll reopen it. What would be great would be the re-siting of Epping station, placing it underground on the High Street rather than off to the edge of town, with perhaps a direct extension into Harlow. A huge amount of money, to be sure, but a welcome boost for Harlow residents I would have thought…