The results of a consultation into the Bakerloo line extension have been published, and unsurprisingly, most people seem to want it. However, in light of the current funding crisis, TfL is not expected to bring forward the extension plans any time soon.
The report is based on the consultation that took place between October and December last year, and they received nearly 9,000 responses.
Candidly, it’s not the biggest surprise in the world that most of the people responding to a consultation about improving public transport in their area would be in agreement with such plans.
Just under three-quarters supported the plans for a new combined Northern and Bakerloo station at Elephant and Castle.
When it comes to the route from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham, just over three-quarters were supportive, with some debate about the location of the two stations planned along the Old Kent Road.
There’s a modest majority for the station next to Burgess Park to be called Burgess Park station, but opinions were more widely split for the other station, with Old Kent Road and Asylum topping the options, but only just.
The difficulty with Old Kent Road being that the road is very long, so a station named after it isn’t a local feature, whereas Asylum has a lot of awkward connotations. It’s a difficult area as there aren’t any other major landmarks the station could be named after, so whatever it’s called, at least 60% of the locals will not like it.
Unsurprisingly, while support for the tube line extension was generally high, it was very low for the planned worksites, as few people support living near building sites even when they are needed for the upgrade.
Looking to go beyond Lewisham, a strong majority favoured a further extension to Hayes, although opposition grew stronger as you got closer to Hayes, worried about impacts of the arrival of the tube line on mainline railway services.
In the response, TfL confirmed that it remains committed to delivering the Bakerloo line extension, but that this is dependent on funding, and that a commitment from Government to support funding for the scheme is essential in developing a funding package.
TfL will, however, work to securing statutory safeguarding of the proposed extension between Lambeth North and Lewisham, so any future developments won’t prevent the tube extension being built.
Extending beyond Lewisham is still being investigated, so they won’t be seeking safeguarding of the route at the moment.
The consultation response is here.