Bexley is being labelled the capital's "forgotten borough" for transport after it was again snubbed in the Mayor of London’s new 35-year plan
Almost 50 per cent of readers told News Shopper the borough should join the London Underground while Bexley Council's leader Councillor Teresa O’Neill has conceded Bexley is a "bit dependent" on buses and trains.
As News Shopper reported last week, the borough was barely mentioned in Boris Johsnon's London Infrastructure Plan 2050 despite Bromley and Lewisham being earmarked for an extended Bakerloo line.
There is, however, the tentative suggestion of a new orbital route connecting Abbey Wood with Bexleyheath for the "longer term", which would serve stations including Walthamstow Central, Hounslow and Sutton.
However this route was not included in the costings of Mr Johnson’s new transport strategy and so is unlikely to be in place until 2050 at the earliest.
News Shopper commentator, 'concerned erith', said: "We are the forgotten borough for transport - if you look at a map of transport links they miss us completely.
"Greenwich, Bromley and Dartford all have excellent links, but poor old Bexley always misses out."
How do you think transport in Bexley should be improved?
It should join the tube - 44 per cent (63 people)
There should be better bus routes - 17 per cent (24 people)
It should get the tram - 14 per cent (20 people)
The Thames clipper should be extended - 16 per cent (23 people)
It is fine as it is - Eight per cent (12 people)
The politician’s view
Bexley Council leader Councillor Teresa O’Neill told News Shopper: "We are a bit dependent on the buses and the mainline trains. It costs more to come out here.
"We have been saying we’d like to see more public transport in the borough - we’ll consider anything.
"I was pleased by the suggestion of the orbital line and I’m looking forward to hearing more detail.
"I don’t think the tube could come out here because of the terrain and the type of houses we have."