Bakerloo Line Extension (1)

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


If the Bakerloo Line Extension to Hayes goes ahead and includes the conversion of the Hayes Line, what would be the effect on hourly capacity?


Answer for Bakerloo Line Extension (1)

Answer for Bakerloo Line Extension (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Very simply, James, currently there are six trains per hour that use the Hayes Line.  The Bakerloo extension would increase that to 15 trains per hour between Hayes and New Beckenham, 21 between New Beckenham and Catford Bridge and 27 between Catford Bridge and Lewisham.  

James Cleverly AM:  You may well be aware that some concerns have been expressed about the journey times.  If you have details, could you give an insight into what the likely change to the journey times would be? 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes.  You and I have discussed this before.  To the best of my recollection, it means a reduction in journey times, even though you might have to change.  It will mean a faster service but a more frequent service.  

James Cleverly AM:  Thank you.  This is going out to consultation at the moment.  Can you give us an indication of what the likely timescales will be, once the consultation has closed, for people to know whether this is a plan that is likely to progress? 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes.  Obviously, this is part of the 2050 Infrastructure Plan, but we would hope to get the Bakerloo extension going well before then.  I cannot give you an exact timetable.  This is something that has really come on stream quite recently.  We would be looking to get things going very speedily.  I would certainly want it running at the same time as Crossrail 2. 

James Cleverly AM:  Finally, one of the other plans that has been discussed with regard to greater connectivity for my constituency is a better connection, whether that be through heavy rail or light rail, to Bromley North.  People have expressed concerns to me that the Bakerloo line extension proposal would in some way mean greater connectivity to Bromley North would be off the table.  Can you confirm whether or not these projects could both happen? 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  There is strong support, I can tell you, for the Bakerloo extension to run both to Hayes and to Bromley town centre.  I suppose by that you mean that it might preclude running to Bromley North as well.  Obviously there is a scheme to run the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), as you know, to Bromley North.  I am not convinced we can necessarily do them all.  I will look at it.  Looking at it superficially, it looks to me if you go for Bromley town centre you are probably making it less likely that you will have DLR running to Bromley North. 

James Cleverly AM:  Thank you.