Bakerloo timeline needs to be "far more ambitious"

London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon AM (Liberal Democrat) has this week written to local newspapers saying the Mayor of London needs to bring forward the timeline for an extension of the Bakerloo line.

It follows the recent publication of the Mayor of London's 'London Infrastructure Plan', which sets out plans to extend the line by 2040 - still 26 years away.

Caroline Pidgeon, Simon Hughes MP and Liberal Democrat councillors in Southwark continue to push the Mayor to commit to extensions travelling to both Old Kent Road and Camberwell.

The letter from Caroline Pidgeon reads:

It is obviously welcome that the extension of the southward expansion of the Bakerloo Line has at least made it into the Mayor’s long term infrastructure plans for the capital.  It is also important to be realistic and accept that major construction projects do take a few years to be completed.

However, the idea south east London should have to wait 26 more years to just catch up with tube connections that have long existed in other parts of London is simply unacceptable.

Under these proposals Boris Johnson will be at least 75 years of age by the time the Bakerloo Line extension is eventually completed.  And I  expect in 2040 he will not be freely available for television interviews and willing to defend any  further delays that might take place between now and then!

It would be far better that a realistic but far more ambitious completion date was now set for completing one of London’s most needed transport improvements.

People in Southwark, Lewisham, and Bromley have waited long enough.  2040 at the earliest is simply far too long to keep on waiting for the tube to come to southeast London.

Caroline Pidgeon AM

Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group