Labour shaft local residents as Lib Dems demand a vital new station at Bricklayers Arms

Liberal Democrat Councillors have slammed Labour Councillors for suggesting that a ventilation shaft should be dug at the Bricklayers Arms as part of the Bakerloo Line extension. To add to residents’ concerns, at a recent council assembly meeting, Labour refused to support a Liberal Democrat amendment which insisted that there should be no ventilation shaft without a station as well.

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Liberal Democrat Councillors have long campaigned for the Bakerloo Line extension along the Old Kent Road, but have always said there should be a station at the Bricklayers Arms. Today they have launched a petition calling on Transport for London (TfL) to introduce a brand new station at this busy intersection providing a key transport hub for residents in the local area. This would replace controversial plans to include a ventilation shaft at the Bricklayers Arms Roundabout that could bring over eight years of disruption to the area with no benefit to local residents.

With the TfL having seemingly ignored local residents’ previous views to consider an additional tube station at Bricklayers Arms, a public consultation running until 21 April 2017 provides residents the opportunity to press TfL strongly for a third station.

Liberal Democrats are clear that residents should not have to put up with the disruption of a shaft without the benefit of a tube station. They also believe that Tesco is far too far along the Old Kent Road for the first station on the extended Bakerloo Line to be located.

The ‘Bricklayers Arms Station’ campaign petition is at: http://www.southwark-libdems.org.uk/bricklayers_arms_station

Councillor Damian O’Brien, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Transport, said:

“We welcome plans to extend the Bakerloo line bringing with it improved public transport links and huge economic benefits to the local area; however it is vital that local residents’ views and concerns are listened to and heard when TfL clarifies its plans to extend the Bakerloo line.”

“Liberal Democrats want to ensure that all residents reap the benefits of the new Bakerloo line extension and we will continue to fight residents’ corner in demanding an additional station be built at the Bricklayers Arms Roundabout.”

“I encourage local residents to sign our petition demanding that TfL consider a third station at the Bricklayers Arms Roundabout. I also encourage local residents to get involved in the public consultation which continues till 21 April 2017”