London Mayor Boris Johnson has thrown his weight behind plans to extend the Bakerloo line further south, southlondon-today.co.uk reports.
Local councils and residents have long called for the line to be extended beyond its current termination point at Elephant and Castle, instead heading onwards to Camberwell and Peckham. Proposals could even see the route extended further still overground, potentially running all the way to Bromley.
Now, following increased pressure from Southwark Council, Johnson has offered his support to the £2 billion campaign, claiming its time had come.
The proposals would make it easier for residents of Camberwell, Peckham and Bromley to reach central London without having to rely on buses or change at Brixton or Kennington. It could also make the prospect of holding meeting or weddings in the City’s event venues without too much worry about transport.
Councillor Peter John lobbied hard for the change, eventually being told by Johnson: “it’s a deal”.
In his campaign, John told standard.co.uk: “Camberwell is less than three miles from Westminster but it can take you over an hour on the bus. That is not good for London’s economy. It is the new extension of the Northern Line that is making possible the development of Battersea. We can do the same for south-east London.”