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Bakerloo line extension: Council leaders call for decision

Council bosses have called on the government to approve plans for the Bakerloo underground line extension, which they say is key for development in south London.

Southwark Council leader Peter John said gaining the go-ahead for completion of the line is his number one priority.

In 2017, Transport for London set out plans to extend the line from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate.

The proposals are awaiting central government approval.

Mr John said the last major government decision on a London infrastructure project was the go-ahead for Crossrail in 2007.

He added that the development of new housing in Southwark could soon stall if the tube extension is not approved, but claimed that its extension could lead to the development of 10,000 homes.

Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan said the extension of the line would create “huge placemaking opportunities” in his borough.

Both leaders were speaking at the London First Infrastructure Summit.

Deputy mayor of London Heidi Alexander told the same event: “We cannot allow the period of uncertainty we are in at the moment to stifle progress on the schemes which are so essential, not just for the future of London but for the country.”

A further extension of the Bakerloo line beyond Lewisham has also been suggested by TfL. This would bring the tube to Ladywell, Catford and through to Hayes.

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