Following TfL’s public consultation into the extension of the Bakerloo Line, they have now made public their responses to the concerns that were raised by people in the affected areas. Part of the proposed extension will be within the Beckenham area, and some of the TfL responses concern issues that would impact on people in the borough.
One of the concerns raised was that the destinations of Beckenham Junction and Hayes currently have good public transport connections. TfL stated that the conversion to a London Underground service on the Hayes line would offer a higher frequency service and reduce journey times. Other areas of London also have tube services a similar distance away. The extension will make use of existing infrastructure, so it will cost less than a completely new line.
Some of those who responded to the consultation felt that the extension would cause the line to become overcrowded. TfL believes that the line does have spare capacity and that this will not be reached even after the extension is completed.
Some concerns were raised about the potential disruption to existing services whilst the work is being carried out. TfL plans to keep a service operational on the National Rail Hayes branch throughout the construction work for as long as this is feasible.
If you want to read the full TfL response, you can find the detailed report online.
What are your thoughts on the proposed extension of the Bakerloo Line? Do you feel it will benefit the people of Beckenham?
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