The Croydon Tramlink would no longer be the only one
Southwark could get tram network before 2030 as London Underground Bakerloo line extension on hold News came in last week that Southwark Council may consider building a tram network due to the success of Croydon's Tramlink and because the current proposal for the Bakerloo line extension has been put on hold. The Southwark Liberal Democrats put forward the proposal at a council meeting last week (March 24) which called on the council to consider investigating transport option
Croydon's Tramlink cost £200 million and was built in six years, while the latest cost estimate for the Bakerloo line extension from Elephant and Castle is £3.1 billion
Originally it was estimated that the Bakerloo line extension would take around seven years to build but work to implement the extension is currently on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is thought the tram network would take between five and eight years to buil
While we neither know how much a Southwark tram network would cost nor exactly how much the Bakerloo Tube line extension would cost, the disparity in estimates suggests the latter would be much more expensiv
It also seems as if the Bakerloo line extension could take longer to make happen because of Covid delay
The Lib Dem proposal would hope to see the tram network operating fairly soon, possibly with a pilot before 2030.s.e.d.n.s.
So no more Bakerloo extension potentially?
The difference in costs, although not surprising, looks to be a deal breaker in the post COVID world when councils reign in spending even further