Lewisham Council’s “Vision for Rail”

Lewisham Council has published a local strategy called “A Vision for Rail” detailing the Council’s ambition for rail services.

It says:

“London’s population is set to increase to over 10 million by 2030. Lewisham will be required to accommodate its share of this growth. The 2016 GLA household estimate for the Borough of Lewisham is 128,966 which represents a growth of 11% since the 2011 Census. The number of households will continue to grow, with an expected 158,964 households by 2033 and 168,195 by 2041/2. This represents a 23% increase in households by 2033.

Whilst housing growth is expected to be particularly significant in Inner London, jobs growth is expected in the major employment sites across the city.

Canary Wharf and Stratford are accessible on the DLR; whereas access to the West End and the City is provided by National Rail and the Overground. Most parts of London rely on the Underground to reach the central London employment centres but as the network does not currently reach into south east London, National Rail must provide equitable access to these employment opportunities.
Our transport network does not just cater for growth in Lewisham alone, surrounding Boroughs have significant growth targets too which means that the transport network will become busier whether more homes are build in Lewisham or not. In fact, as more homes are built in the surrounding Boroughs, it will reinforce the reliance on high capacity rail services to provide access to the important employment centres in Central London, Canary Wharf and Stratford.”

The document describes new stations, new routes and development opportunities.

Cinderella Line Campaign at the Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park

At the Cinderella Line campaign meeting held in the Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park on Saturday 3rd March 2018

Councillor Alan Hall said: “Railways are incredibly important to Lewisham and have shaped our local communities. I have said we must be ambitious for Lewisham but local residents need to be involved in our decisions. I have asked that this important report be discussed at the next Sustainable Development Committee but I would welcome public comments on these new and exciting plans.”

“These include increasing frequencies on existing routes, adding new stations and supporting the Bakerloo Line extension – dubbed Bakerlooisham”

Read the full document here: Lewisham vision for rail docum ent-hq-FINAL-01-11-2017


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