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Tube line to cross South London

Monday, 16 February 2009

Phase 2 of the East London line has been given the green light

Phase 2 of the East London line has been given the green light

SOUTH London will get its first east-west Tube line following an announcement yesterday by the Government and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Businesses, MPs and residents have welcomed the news, but there has been concern that a planned new station may not be built.

The London Mayor was joined by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon at Clapham Junction railway station yesterday to announce the go-ahead of Phase 2 of the East London line.

Phase 1, which is being built at a cost of £1.2billion, will link Highbury in north London to Croydon via New Cross, Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill and Sydenham, and is due to open next year.

Work on Phase 2 will begin in three months and is due to finish in 2012.

It will see a line running from Clapham Junction, to Docklands and the City, via Wandsworth Road, Clapham High Street, Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye, Queens Road Peckham and Surrey Quays.

A cash shortfall means the planned station, Surrey Canal Road, between Queens Road Peckham and Surrey Quays, has yet to be decided.

Transport for London’s (TfL) Ian Brown said if it were to go ahead, it would only be when the line is finished.

A sticking point for Phase 2 had been over who should pay for a £30million funding gap in the £75million project.

It was announced yesterday that it would be split 50:50 between TfL and the Government – which will be paying £60million in total.

Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon said: “I’m delighted we have been able to find a significant amount of money to fund this excellent initiative.”

Boris Johnson said negotiations with Mr Hoon had been a “hard slog”.

Labour MPs in South London said it was thanks to the Government that the extension was going ahead.

Battersea MP Martin Linton said: “It’s going to be of great benefit not just to residents of Clapham Junction but also commuters who won’t have to go through central London to get where they want to go.”

Lewisham and Deptford’s Joan Ruddock said it was good news, but would continue to campaign for the station at Surrey Canal Road.

West Norwood and Dulwich’s Tessa Jowell said the Government had “stepped in while the London Mayor dithered”.

Camberwell and Peckham’s Harriet Harman said: “People were expecting it to happen and it would have been terrible if Boris Johnson had pulled the plug on it.”

Business groups say the news will boost the South London economy.

Principal director of the South-east London Chamber of Commerce Stephen Nelson, said: “This will encourage investment in local business.”

Ross Feeney of business support group South London Business said it would “give people a lift during this uncertain time”.

Daniel de Abreu, director of New Cross estate agents, Austin Harvey, said: “We expect house prices to rise as a result and more people out there to start buying again.”

Residents gave a guarded welcome to the announcement.

Phil Bale from the Evolution Quarter Residents’ Association in North Peckham, said: “It is certainly good news for the town centre in Peckham but we are still hoping that the council can get the Cross River Tram [linking Brixton and Peckham with Camden] back on track – which was shelved by Boris last year.”

New Cross resident Tom Johnston, 47, of Stirling Gardens, is against the current plan. He said: “We will be opposed to everything that has been suggested unless a station is opened up at Surrey Canal Road.”


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Posted by : Ms S, london | Monday 23/Feb/2009 | Report this comment

why dont they just make an extended railway service? its going through the same old train stops that run from central london to south london anyway! once in again the little places like crystal palace, camberwell, beckenham, norwood, dulwich etc dnt really get a look in!

Posted by : rex lombardo, se17 | Sunday 22/Feb/2009 | Report this comment

I think the key phrase in this article is: ’It will see a line running from Clapham Junction, to Docklands and the City’.

In other words, lots of cash to be made ferrying people between the suburbs and their place of work in rush hour.

A tube line is something that goes underground - in a tube.

Also - where are the plans that are of benefit to Walworth and Camberwell?

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