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Once one accepts this criterion then a lot of other decisions fall into place.

Many different options and their combinations were considered.

One option went directly via the Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, the other would have served the historical favourite of extending to Camberwell before heading Eastward to New Cross Gate. The area around the proposed two Old Kent Road stations is ripe for redevelopment and a line down the Old Kent Road to Lewisham could support 20,000 to 30,000 new homes.

By way of contrast housing along the route via Camberwell is already established and going to Lewisham via this route would only provide around 5,000 – 10,000 new homes.

The report provides other reasons for rejecting a route via Camberwell.

It suggests that it would cost £1.5bn to go to the two Old Kent Road stations, £1.98bn to do this and extend to New Cross Gate and £2.57bn to include Lewisham as well. To go to Lewisham via Camberwell would cost £480m more and take an extra two minutes.

Nevertheless, it is still the housing issue which dominates.

The report suggests 5,000 homes are already planned between New Cross Gate and Lewisham and with the Bakerloo Extension that could go up to 8,000.

For our purposes it is easier to give the main conclusion of the report and then look at how it arrived at it, rather than the reverse.For almost a hundred years people have talked about extending the Bakerloo line.The latest consultation report on doing this has now been published.We look at its conclusions, and explain why it’s about housing, not transport – something that may well mean it actually succeeds.We have said it before but, in the transport field, it often seems that the less important something is the more interest it attracts. Trams are a consistently hot topic, and yet they carry the same number of passenger journeys as just the two busiest bus routes in the capital.

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