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Government approves plans to safeguard Bakerloo line extension route

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has given approval to proceed with statutory safeguarding of the route of the Bakerloo line extension from Lambeth North to Lewisham.
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Once confirmed, this would protect the land required for the tunnels, alongside new stations along the Old Kent Road, at New Cross Gate and Lewisham, as well as key operational infrastructure and construction sites.

Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham and Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council, said in a joint statement:

“It is a hugely positive step that the Government is proceeding with safeguarding directions for the Bakerloo line extension, preventing premature development on sites required to deliver the project.

“Extending the Bakerloo line, delivered together with an upgrade of the existing line, would connect a historically underserved part of London to the tube network, whilst supporting the delivery of thousands of new homes and jobs. It has the support of nearly nine in 10 respondents to its most recent public consultation, as well as from businesses and local authorities along the proposed route, which will be protected once the safeguarding directions are finalised in the coming months.

“We will continue to work with government and others on options for funding so this vital project can be delivered and its many benefits realised.”

For more information about the Bakerloo line extension, visit Back the Bakerloo.

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