An extension of London Underground’s Bakerloo Line from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via Old Kent Road could open by 2030, Transport for London confirmed on December 17.
Technical work will begin in 2016 to build the case for the extension, which TfL says would enable 65,000 new trips in each direction from Old Kent Road, New Cross Gate and Lewisham into central London each weekday morning.
TfL hopes to receive permission from the Government to start building the extension by approximately 2024, with an envisaged opening by 2030.
Of the 15,000 respondents to a public consultation carried out in autumn 2014 to explore route options, 96% were in favour of the extension.
While many routes were considered, the chosen route via Old Kent Road was deemed to have the strongest case because it has potential to support the building of 25,000 new homes through improved transport accessibility and capacity.
“No final decisions have been made, and next year more detailed work will be carried out before we undertake another public consultation,” said TfL Managing Director for Planning Richard de Cani.
TfL says an extension beyond Lewisham is a possibility for the future.