London Underground will not be coming to Beckenham or Hayes as part of the first phase of plans to extend the Bakerloo line, according to a report published by Transport for London (TfL).
The options assessment report for the Bakerloo line extension (BLE) examined the possibilities for extending the Bakerloo Line following a public consultation in 2014, considering the possible destinations proposed.
TfL proposes that phase one will entail extending the Bakerloo line from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via the Old Kent Road. This route offers the strongest case as it will potentially provide tube services to around 25,000 homes.
The assessment showed that, by terminating at Lewisham, this option would enable the extension to be completed by 2030.
While this does not mean that a Bakerloo line extension to Beckenham is completely off the cards, it is not something that will happen in the near future.
In order for such an extension to possible, TfL has to consider the benefits and drawbacks of converting the Hayes railway line into the Bakerloo line and determine if that is the best way to meet future rail demand in the area.
Funding possibilities are also factored in regarding commercial and housing development along any Bakerloo extension to Beckenham, Hayes and West Wickham which was a big concern for local people opposed to the extension.
The options assessment report for the BLE is available at tfl.gov.uk.
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