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Boris backs Bakerloo line extension via Old Kent Road

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed that he favours the Old Kent Road as the route of a potential Bakerloo line extension beyond Elephant & Castle.

Boris Johnson

Southwark Council wants an extension of the Bakerloo line via Walworth Road to Camberwell and Peckham but in a pre-election interview with the SE1 website, council leader Peter John suggested that the line could divide into two branches at the Elephant with routes heading both south and east.

Now in an unguarded Twitter comment the Mayor of London has given the route via Bricklayers Arms his endorsement.

Mr Johnson was asked by Joseph McCarthy about future tube extensions south of the river. He replied: "Yes now Northern line heads for Battersea! Next Bakerloo down Old Kent Road."

The Mayor recently announced plans to designate the Old Kent Road as an 'opportunity area' for the construction of 2,500 new homes.

Earlier this year Mr Johnson said that a Bakerloo line extension would cost around 2 billion.

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