Transport for London (TfL) has announced plans to extend the deep-tube Bakerloo line.
The current route runs from Elephant & Castle in the south to Harrow & Wealdstone in the north, taking in Waterloo, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Marylebone and Paddington stations along the way.
In 2014, TfL consulted on two alternative routes from Elephant & Castle to New Cross Gate and Lewisham, one following the course of the Old Kent Road and another via Camberwell.
The route via Old Kent Road had the strongest case and the next stage, which has just been confirmed, will begin the detailed technical work to plan an extension along this route.
If all progresses well, and TfL secures the necessary funding, construction could commence in 2024 with services running from 2030.
Richard de Cani, TfL’s managing director for planning, said: “Following a comprehensive assessment of route options for extending the Bakerloo line, a route to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate provides the greatest opportunity to support growth with the potential to unlock 25,000 new homes whilst improving access to jobs in Central London.
“No final decisions have been made and next year more detailed work will be carried out before we undertake another public consultation. We will also continue to work closely with the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark, Network Rail and other key stakeholders as we develop our plans.”
A further extension on to Hayes is also on the cards, though as phase 2 of the project this would not be ready until several years later.