Bellingham- Victoria line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3374
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The South London Line is planned to be diverted to Bellingham in 2012. Will you consider halting your current plans to decrement this service under the GLA Act to shift funds to pay for the East London Line phase 2 instead? If not please publish the business case which demonstrates the rationale for this switching of funds?

Answer

Answer for Bellingham- Victoria line

Answer for Bellingham- Victoria line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We would all like to see the best possible railway services in south London. The East London Line Phase 2 (ELL2) will contribute to this, and I am sure we would all welcome its construction. We also need better integration between Overground services and the Underground, and work is well underway on the East London Line to create an Overground orbital loop for the first time in the capital's history.

My officers at TfL are working with London TravelWatch and DfT as well, to identify ways of addressing the gaps in services that result from the Thameslink programme works at London Bridge, removing the South London line service. I have also led a GLA delegation to the DfT to ask them to seriously consider the funding of the options that this study will recommend. I am delighted that the Transport Minister, Sadiq Khan, has agreed to look at the recommendations that come out of the study.