Draft of Bakerloo extension with two Old Kent Road stations going for consultation ‘early 2017’

News Desk (08 December, 2016)

Tunnelling set to begin by 2022, with completion by 2029

13777Bakerloo Line extension proposals (image by TfL)

TfL’s board member are to approve the next stage of planning for the long-awaited Bakerloo Line extension, expected to be ready by 2028/29.

On December 15 the board members will rubber stamp outline plans for the extension, which will go out for a ten-week-long public consultation in “early 2017”.

An agenda for next week’s meeting, published last night, said: “TfL now plans to develop the proposed route option, beginning with this public consultation on details of the proposal.”

The agenda reaffirms TfL’s preference to place two Bakerloo Line stations in Old Kent Road, one in New Cross Gate and a fourth in Lewisham town centre.

The estimated cost so far runs at £3.1bn, but TfL suggests the completed scheme will provide a return of twice that figure, from job-creation and added productivity.

It also references Southwark Council’s ‘Old Kent Road Area Action Plan’, which was published this year with plans for 20,000 new homes. Another 5,000 new homes are also suggested for sections of the line between New Cross to Lewisham town centre.

When the consultation is handed over the public for feedback early next year, it will also include details on:

  • The upgraded Elephant and Castle Station Northern Line ticket office and concourse
  • Two locations for the Old Kent Road tube stations (north and south)
  • Three locations for ventilation and intervention shafts: one between Elephant and Castle and Old Kent Road 1 stations; between New Cross Gate and Lewisham stations; and at the line-end overrun tunnels beyond Lewisham station


Schedule for completion:

  • Early 2017: Consultation to begin
  • 2017-19: Finalise scheme proposals and further consultation
  • 2019-20: Submitted for approval from mayor and TfL board under 1992 Transport and Works Act
  • 2020-21: Detailed design and procurement to be settled
  • 2021-22: Construction to begin
  • 2028-29: Construction complete





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