A consultation into a southern extension of the Bakerloo Line has been launched. The extension would take the line from its current termination point at Elephant and Castle towards Lewisham, Hayes and Bromley.
Options for the tunnelled section through Southwark (1a and 1b)
We are considering two options for the tunnelled section between Elephant & Castle and New Cross Gate.
Possible routes through Southwark to Lewisham:
- 1a via the Old Kent Road. This would serve existing communities and support new development and regeneration as well as relieve congestion on the Old Kent Road; or
- 1b via Camberwell and Peckham Rye. This would provide Tube access to central London for the area’s existing communities as well as relieve congestion on Walworth Road.
Terminating at Lewisham
We are also considering options for where the extension may end. An extended Bakerloo line terminating at Lewisham would cost less and focus on supporting inner London’s growth and regeneration.
It would also support growth and regeneration in the northern parts of the Borough of Lewisham.
Extending the line beyond Lewisham (to Beckenham Junction and Hayes)
If the proposed Bakerloo line extension runs as far as Hayes, it would replace the existing National Rail line between Lewisham and Hayes. It would also utilise the current link to Beckenham Junction. A Tube stop at Beckenham Junction would be in addition to the National Rail station at this location.
Currently, six trains per hour use the Hayes line to London Bridge. An extended Bakerloo line to Hayes could mean up to 15 trains per hour could serve this route. It also means that up to 50 per cent more people may be able to use the line to access central London and the Docklands – via DLR at Lewisham.
This substantial capacity increase would support growth around stations in locations such as Catford.
In addition to capacity increases, an extension beyond Lewisham would relieve crowding on the South Eastern Rail network. This is because trains paths that currently go to London Bridge from Hayes could be reallocated to other routes between central London and the southeast.
A proposed extension to Hayes means that people who currently travel on the Hayes line into London Bridge and Cannon Street would need to change from the Bakerloo line to directly reach these destinations. However, an extended Bakerloo line would also provide direct connections from Hayes to other parts of central London including Waterloo, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus and Paddington.
Possible extension to Bromley town centre
As part of extending the Bakerloo line beyond Lewisham, there is the possibility of continuing east, in a new tunnelled section, to Bromley town centre. A new direct link between central London and this major centre would support the area’s economy and housing growth. It would also provide a new link between central London and Bromley, as well as connections to Canary Wharf via Lewisham.