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Government backs Southwark Labour campaign to extend the Bakerloo line


23 February 2015
Bakerloo line Following years of campaigning by Southwark Labour and local residents to extend the Bakerloo line, the Government is now backing the proposals.

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the Government is asking Transport for London to draw up proposals and provide detailed costings for the Bakerloo line extension, so that decisions on funding can be taken after the general election.

In 2013 Southwark Labour leader Peter John secured a commitment from Mayor of London Boris Johnson to extend the route south of Elephant and Castle. Transport for London recently ran a consultation on extending the Bakerloo line which had more than 14,000 responses, with 96 per cent of respondents supporting the scheme.

Southwark Labour is backing a two-route branch for the Bakerloo line, via the Old Kent Road and Camberwell and Peckham, arguing that both areas are under-served by public transport and in need of additional investment.

Southwark Labour Leader of the Council Peter John, who was at the Tate Modern for the announcement by the Chancellor and the Mayor of London, said: "I'm genuinely delighted that the Government is now getting on board with the Bakerloo Line extension plans. 

"We have been working with the Mayor of London for two years now to turn our aspiration into a reality and to extend the line south. The community have been fantastic getting behind the plans and arguing passionately for a two spur route through Camberwell and Peckham, and down the Old Kent Road.

"We will keep working hard with Government, the Mayor and the community until these long overdue trains finally start rolling into their new platforms in Southwark and beyond."


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