Proceeding a little further means proving that the major benefits haven’t been achieved once the second Old Kent Road station is reached.
One might think that, having considered the housing issue, transport considerations would then feature heavily and it is true that much is made of the improved connectivity.
The idea of railway lines being extended always attracts interest and, as far as the Tube goes, the Bakerloo line is perhaps the only one left with a possibility of being extended.
To that end we now look in detail at the latest consultation report on proposals to extend the Bakerloo line.
As a result, the Old Kent Road route has been selected.
Something else that has been considered is whether to just go to the Old Kent Road and terminate there or, alternatively, to go a little further and terminate at New Cross Gate.
We look at its conclusions, and explain why it’s about housing, not transport – something that may well mean it actually succeeds.
We have said it before but, in the transport field, it often seems that the less important something is the more interest it attracts. Trams are a consistently hot topic, and yet they carry the same number of passenger journeys as just the two busiest bus routes in the capital.
By way of contrast housing along the route via Camberwell is already established and going to Lewisham via this route would only provide around 5,000 – 10,000 new homes.If “Death by Powerpoint” was a late 20th century phenomenon then “Death by Consultation Responses” is a candidate for its 21st century successor.With the modern democratic ideal that all consultation suggestions have to be considered and responded to, no matter how daft, we have reports where the message that it was meant to convey is in danger of becoming lost.For almost a hundred years people have talked about extending the Bakerloo line.The latest consultation report on doing this has now been published.