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Bromley in running for transport investment

Tue 20 September 2011, 4:25 pm

Bromley is in the running for extensions to the Docklands Light Railway, London Underground and Croydon Tramlink schemes, delegates to the Invest Bromley conference heard today (September 20).

Matthew Yates, head of planning projects at Transport for London, said that Bromley was included in feasibility studies which could lead to new rail routes as part of the organisation's investment plans.

But he warned that it faces stiff competition from other stations in south London.

He said: "The mayor is interested in extending Tramlink to Crystal Palace – we are looking at where else you might want to extend it.

"It already goes to Beckenham Junction, and it looks feasible to go from there towards Bromley – the cost/benefit ratio looks good to Bromley North and even Bromley South."

He said that London mayor Boris Johnson had also asked officials to examine an extension of the Bakerloo line on the Underground to Bromley.

"It could be extended from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham and Bromley," he said.

But he said that the most likely route would be to go through Catford, Hayes and Beckenham Junction and the scheme would not be completed until 2025-30. He said that Bromley North was not looking likely as a destination for the DLR, however.

He said: "Some real potential is going to Catford and Forest Hill, which would relieve the Jubilee Line and link to the overground."

But he added that an extension to Bromley was "not out of the question".

Yates said the investigations were in the early stages and subject to further assessment on feasibility, funding and stakeholder and government support and that timescales were "very indicative".

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