Bakerloo line extension

Closes 22 Dec 2019

Opened 14 Oct 2019

Overview

We are proposing to extend the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, serving Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate.

We are also considering a second phase of the extension beyond Lewisham to Hayes and Beckenham Junction, involving a conversion of the National Rail line via Catford to Hayes to London Underground operation.

The proposals are part of the commitment by the Mayor, Sadiq Khan and TfL to improve public transport for all Londoners and to help London grow by supporting new homes and jobs.

We would like to hear your views.

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Contents

Why the extension is needed

What have we already consulted on?

Our proposals

Key issues we are consulting on 

Bakerloo line upgrade

Further consultations and next steps

Public exhibitions

Factsheets

Supplementary information 

Equalities Impact Assessments (EQIAs)

Have your say

Why the extension is needed

South east London is currently relatively poorly served by the Underground network.

London’s population is forecast to grow to more than 10 million people by 2030.

South east London has significant potential to support this growth, in particular the corridor stretching from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham and Catford.

Improved transport services in south east London are required to unlock this growth and improve customer  journeys – especially along Old Kent Road where existing bus services suffer from traffic delays and will not support the area’s growth potential alone.

The extension would benefit existing and new communities by:

  • Offering a new direct link into central London, with connections to every other Underground line
  • Providing capacity for at least 60,000 extra journeys in both the morning and evening peak periods*
  • Relieving congestion on roads, reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution
  • Reducing journey times along the extension to central London by up to nine minutes
  • Providing an Underground train every two to three minutes from Lewisham across central London
  • Supporting new homes and jobs in south east London  
*This figure is based on 27 trains per hour to Lewisham and will be further updated as we develop our proposals

We are working in partnership with Southwark and Lewisham Councils to develop our proposals for the extension so that it can support both current and planned communities and businesses.

Opportunity Areas are areas in London which have significant capacity for development - such as housing or commercial use - and existing or potentially improved public transport access.

The Old Kent Road Opportunity Area in the London Borough of Southwark has the potential to deliver at least 20,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs.

There are two Opportunity Areas in the London Borough of Lewisham:

  • New Cross, Lewisham and Catford
  • Deptford Creek and Greenwich Riverside

These offer the potential for another 27,500 new homes and 6,000 new jobs 

We are also considering extending the line beyond Lewisham to Hayes and Beckenham Junction, involving a conversion of the National Rail line to London Underground operation. This would help improve public transport connections and support growth in both the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Bromley.

What have we already consulted on?

In autumn 2014 we asked for views about an extension of the Bakerloo line, including options for the route for the extension. Following assessment of the consulted route options alongside those suggested by consultees, we concluded that an extension to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate is the best option for an initial Bakerloo line extension.

The consultation and our response to the issues raised can be viewed here Bakerloo line extension 2014

In addition, in autumn 2017 we asked for views about potential station and shaft locations. The consultation and our response to the issues raised can be viewed here Bakerloo line extension 2017

Our proposals

Following the feedback from the 2017 consultation we have further developed our plans for the extension.

Stations 

We are developing plans for the following new stations,  which would be fully accessible and would provide step-free access from street to train:

  • Old Kent Road 1, on a site near to the junction with Dunton Road
  • Old Kent Road 2, on a site near to the junction with Asylum Road
  • New Cross Gate, providing an interchange to London Overground and National Rail services at the existing station
  • Lewisham, providing an interchange to National Rail and DLR services at the existing station and serving the town centre

At Elephant & Castle we are proposing to provide a combined station entrance and ticket hall for the Northern and Bakerloo lines. It would be built as part of the proposed new shopping centre development. This would provide customers with an easier interchange between the Bakerloo line, Northern line and Thameslink services and help reduce congestion at the busiest times. Step-free access and interchange would also be provided at this Underground station.  

Click here for more detailed information about our station proposals.

Tunnel alignment

As part of the extension we have developed a new alignment for the Bakerloo line between Lambeth North and Elephant & Castle. The proposed new alignment would allow us to build a new Bakerloo line station at Elephant & Castle and (compared with the existing station location) would enable a shorter, quicker route for the existing line from Lambeth North to Elephant & Castle.

Now we have decided on the location of the proposed stations and shafts we have a better understanding of the alignment of the two tunnels to run from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham.

The end of the new section of line is proposed as the Wearside Road Council depot site, where empty trains would be stabled. It is also provides the opportunity to connect to the Hayes line, which we are consulting on.  

Click here for more detailed information about our tunnel alignment proposals.

Worksites

In addition to a primary tunnelling worksite there would be a requirement for worksites at each station and shaft location.

We have considered three possible primary tunnelling worksites for the extension where tunnel boring machines would be launched. These sites are:

  • New Cross Gate 
  • Hither Green
  • Catford

We are also proposing a secondary tunnelling worksite as part of the Old Kent Road 1 station site to support construction of the tunnels as well as building the proposed new station. This worksite has been proposed as we have developed our plans and was not included in the 2017 consultation.

Click here for more detailed information about our proposals for worksites.

Shafts 

Changes to our plans have removed the need for a shaft between Elephant & Castle and the Old Kent Road stations due to the shorter and more direct tunnel alignment.

We are proposing to build a shaft at a site off Lewisham Way at Alexandra Cottages, between New Cross Gate and Lewisham stations. The shaft would provide an emergency access and evacuation route in the unlikely event of a fire or other incident. The shaft would also provide access for maintenance of the line and enable ventilation of the tunnels. At the surface, a structure known as a head house would be built that contains the equipment for the shaft to function.

Our former plans for a shaft at the Wearside Road Council depot site have developed into new proposals for train stabling and a shaft is no longer required.

Click here for more detailed information about our proposals for shafts.

Extending the route beyond Lewisham to Hayes and Beckenham Junction

We have carried out an assessment of options for extending the route beyond Lewisham. The option with the most benefits would be a conversion of the National Rail line via Catford to Hayes and Beckenham Junction to London Underground operation.  

Click here for more detailed information about our proposals for extending the route beyond Lewisham to Hayes and Beckenham Junction.

Key issues we are consulting on

We would like to hear your views about our proposals, and in particular on:

  • A new integrated station entrance at Elephant & Castle
  • The route of the proposed tunnels from Lambeth North to Elephant & Castle
  • The route of the proposed tunnels from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham
  • The location of the primary and secondary tunnelling worksites for the scheme
  • The naming of the two proposed stations on Old Kent Road
  • A possible further extension of the route from Lewisham to Hayes and Beckenham Junction, involving a conversion of the National Rail line  

Bakerloo line upgrade

We are planning to upgrade the whole of the existing Bakerloo line, involving new trains and a new signalling system. The upgrade would increase capacity, improve safety and reliability, improve customer journeys and reduce the long term costs of the line. An extension to Lewisham would benefit from these new trains.  

Please note the upgrade does not form part of this consultation. For further information see factsheet 16.

Further consultations and next steps

There will be further opportunities to provide feedback on the Bakerloo line extension as the scheme develops.

Subject to funding and design development we could apply for permission to build the extension through a Transport & Works Act Order in 2023.

Public exhibitions

We are holding 11 public exhibitions where you can find out more about the proposals and talk to members of the project team.

Saturday 19 October 2019 (10:00 - 16:00) Lewisham Shopping Centre, Central Square, Molesworth Street, London SE13 7EP

Saturday 26 October 2019 (10:00 - 16:00) Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, Lower Floor, New Kent Road, London SE1 6TE 

Thursday 31 October 2019 (14:00 - 20:00) Lewisham Shopping Centre, Central Square, Molesworth Street, London SE13 7EP 

Saturday 2 November 2019 (10:00 - 16:00) Goldsmiths, University of London, The Refectory (ground floor of the Richard Hoggart building), 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Saturday 9 November 2019 (10:00 - 16:00) 231 Old Kent Road, London SE1 5LU

Monday 11 November 2019 (17:00 - 21:00) Pilgrims’ Way Primary School, Tustin Estate, Manor Grove, London SE15 1EF

Wednesday 13 November 2019 (14:00 - 20:00) Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, Lower Floor, New Kent Road, London SE1 6TE

Monday 18 November 2019 (15:00 - 20:00) Goldsmiths, University of London, The Refectory (ground floor of the Richard Hoggart building), 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW 

Monday 25 November 2019 (17:00 - 21:00) Pilgrims’ Way Primary School, Tustin Estate, Manor Grove, London SE15 1EF 

Thursday 28 November 2019 (14:00 - 20:00) 231 Old Kent Road, London SE1 5LU

Wednesday 4 December 2019 (10:00 - 16:00) New Cross Learning, 283-285 New Cross Road, London SE14 6AS 

Factsheets

Factsheet 1. New alignment of tunnels from Lambeth North to Elephant & Castle (PDF 482KB)

Factsheet 2. Alignment of tunnels from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham (PDF 441KB)   

Factsheet 3. Elephant & Castle combined station entrance (PDF 532KB)     

Factsheet 4. Old Kent Road 1 station and tunnelling worksite (PDF 443KB)

Factsheet 5. Old Kent Road 2 station (PDF 418KB)

Factsheet 6. New Cross Gate station and tunnelling worksite (PDF 560KB)

Factsheet 7. Lewisham Way shaft and head house (PDF 408KB)

Factsheet 8. Lewisham underground station (PDF 465KB)

Factsheet 9. Wearside Road Council depot (PDF 438KB)

Factsheet 10. Hither Green tunnelling worksite option (PDF 429KB)

Factsheet 11. Catford tunnelling worksite option (PDF 418KB)

Factsheet 12. Constructing the Bakerloo line extension (PDF 337KB) 

Factsheet 13. Environmental Impact Assessment (PDF 335KB)

Factsheet 14. Possible extension to Hayes and Beckenham Junction (PDF 493KB) 

Factsheet 15. Transport and Works Act Order (PDF 334KB)   

Factsheet 16. Bakerloo line upgrade (PDF 330KB)   

Supplementary information

Background to Consultation summary report (PDF 2.14MB)        

Elephant & Castle station summary report (PDF 1.56MB)         

Tunnelling Worksite summary report (PDF 2.28MB)   

Further extension to Hayes and Beckenham Junction summary report (PDF 789KB) 

Equalities Impact Assessments (EqIAs)

Catford Bridge Worksite EqIA (PDF 1.15MB)

Elephant & Castle Station EqIA (PDF 1.39MB)

Hither Green EqIA (PDF 1.18MB)

Lewisham Station EqIA (PDF 1.26B)

Lewisham Way Shaft EqIA (PDF 1.27MB)

New Cross Gate Station and Worksite EqIA (PDF 1.27MB)

Old Kent Road 1 Station and Worksite EqIA (PDF 1.25B)

Old Kent Road 2 Station EqIA (PDF 1.15B)

Wearside Road Worksite and End of Line Facilities EqIA (PDF 1.38MB)

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

This public consultation is open until Sunday 22 December 2019.

To have your say about our proposals please complete our online survey.

Alternatively, you can:

  • Email us at ble@tfl.gov.uk
  • Or write to us at FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS (BLE)
  • Phone us on 0343 222 1155 (note service and network details apply. Visit tfl.gov.uk/terms for details)

You can use these contact details to request copies of the consultation materials in other formats such as in Braille, large text, another language, in “easy read” and audio. You can  also request a response form to provide feedback.

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Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Bakerloo line extension