Tube in South East London

There are very few Tube lines in South East London; see this real map of where they are: So SE London hardly features on the Tube map which most people carry around in their heads. It is therefore much more difficult to work out how to travel around in SE London and especially how to connect with the other rail transport systems. In fact there are good ways of doing this but because the marketing of the links is so poor they are not easily understood. Some of the Overground rail services in SE London are, to the user, almost part of the same system as the Tube, where they interconnect very well like at London Bridge, Blackfriars & Victoria. This News section includes news posts which relate to getting transport strategy to address the need for better integration of the Tube and Overground services in SE London, or the extension of the Tube itself into SE London, or of the publicity for them in better maps.

'South London Line is our Tube' say campaigners

Southwark News 24 September 2009

Campaigners are imploring Transport for London (TfL) to put the South London Line on the map, claiming it is effectively an extra tube line, writes John Prendergast...

The under threat route is in need of promotion rather than cutting, according to its backers, as it provides a transport lifeline into a 'black hole' in London's underground services.  The Southwark Rail Users Group (SRUG) has teamed up with Laurie Eggleston, Peckham Rye Liberal Democrat council candidate, to mock up a tube map displaying how TfL could promote the route, so people could access Camberwell and Peckham in particular.   see map  Despite the route not being run by TfL it is entirely contained in travelcard zones one and two, and Oyster Cards can be used on the stations on the line.

Eileen Conn, of SRUG, said: "I have lived in Peckham for over 30 years, and I know it is because of the black hole in the TfL map that people don't know where it is. The frustrating thing is that we know Peckham Rye is really just like part of the Tube system, as it is so quick to get to London Bridge and Victoria. It is weird to see these TfL maps showing no connections to central London from Peckham. It is why we are so passionate about saving the South London Line - it is in practice our part of the Tube."

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Bakerloo Line extension talks

by Michael Stringer, SLP 8 September 2009

Discussions have taken place about extending the Bakerloo Underground line further into South London from Elephant & Castle. TfL has made preliminary investigations, with three possible routes:

  • Burgess Park, Peckham Rye, Rye Common, Honor Oak, Catford Bridge, Hayes in Kent.
  • Camberwell Green, Herne Hill, Tulse Hill, Streatham Hill
  • Burgess Park, Old Kent Road, New Cross, Ladywell, Catford Bridge, Lower Sydenham

TfL said "Preliminary work indicates that an extension could deliver significant benefits. However, much more detailed analysis is needed. ... any extension was unlikely to be happen before 2025. Read more...


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Boris recognises need for infrastructure investment

22nd May 2009

Months after scrapping £3.7bn of planned major transport schemes, London mayor, Boris Johnson, has said that ‘without additional infrastructure, London’s economic success could be threatened’.

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Boris and new Tube Lines in South East London?

In the final seconds of the London Assembly Plenary Session 14th January 2009, Caroline Pigeon was able to ask Boris a question, based upon his comment in the "Way to Go" document about new tube lines south of the river being a sensible further use for expensive tunneling machines. "Just where in South London was he thinking of tunneling?", queried Ms Pigeon.

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Extending the Tube into Camberwell & Peckham?


This report is adapted from the website of Albert Square and St Stephen’s Association, Clapham.

TfL is switching attention from the Cross River Tram to splitting the Northern Line Tube into two. This might give a possibility of extending the Charing Cross branch from Edgware to Kennington South and on into Camberwell and Peckham.

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