News Shopper campaign to bring DLR to Bromley starts here

News Shopper: The DLR. Picture courtesy of Transport for London The DLR. Picture courtesy of Transport for London

NEWS Shopper and Bromley Council want Boris Johnson to find the £800m needed to bring the DLR to the borough.

Bromley has for too long been London Transport's forgotten borough - and it needs to stop.

Over the past few years we have watched Lewisham benefit from the DLR while New Cross and Forest Hill have reaped the benefits of an extended East London Line.

North Kent has been rewarded with Eurostar and high speed rail and soon Abbey Wood will be transformed into a busy, bustling affluent town thanks to Crossrail.

It must be Bromley's turn.

The Mayor of London recently outlined his 2012 Vision document stating his intentions to bring DLR to Bromley and we are determined to make sure he sticks to his word.

A Transport for London (TfL) pre-feasibility study revealed the cost of extending the DLR to Bromley would be £800m, which is 5.4 per cent of the estimated costs of Crossrail and 2.4 per cent of the cost of High Speed 2.

News Shopper editor Andrew Parkes said: "Bromley is, and always has been the most beautiful borough placed perfectly between the vibrant centre of London and green and leafy Kent.

"But, despite all it has to offer, there is a very real danger it is now being left behind.

"Locally there is a great deal going on and we’re all proud to be part of this great borough, but it’s vital to make sure we’re not forgotten by the rest of the capital and, in particular large organisations and businesses looking to invest.

"The key is good communications and good transport links – without these nothing else can flourish.

"Now is the time for us all to stand up and demand we are heard – it’s time to breathe new life into a buoyant Bromley.

"Boris needs to bring us the DLR."

Council leader Councillor Stephen Carr said: "We are grateful for the News Shopper’s support.

"We are very keen to build a campaign and I’m chasing up with the mayor’s office and asking them why south-east London has been neglected for so long.

"The more people we can get behind us then there will be a snowball effect to get it done.

"We are very determined."

Business people across Bromley are also backing our bid for the DLR.

Multi-million pound plumber Charlie Mullins, who owns Pimlico Plumbers, said: "I’m undoubtedly backing News Shopper’s campaign to bring it here.

"For Bromley to keep up with other areas, it needs to happen."

Mr Mullins, from Keston, added: "I think it will be one of the best things that has happened to Bromley.

"It will be tremendous for businesses and people in general, the fact they can get in to London more easily is an all round good thing.

"It has got to happen."

The founder of new social networking agency Streetpin, based in World’s End Lane, Green Street Green, is also a fan.

Tim Buick said: "I commute regularly and any way that opens up more transport routes, I would be in support of.

"It would definitely be a good thing."

Carol Ann Walters, who owns Caw PR based in Church Hill Road, Beckenham, said: "I don’t own a car so any improvement to transport links would be great.

"It is always good to be able to get out without a car."

Are you in support of the DLR coming to Bromley? Have your say below.

Comments (10)

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10:28pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Tony_W says...

So lucky Lewisham got the Overground while the borough of Bromley has been forgotten? Suggest you check an atlas, I think you'll find that Penge, Anerley and Crystal Palace (all in Bromley) have benefitted from the very same Overground extension. Oops I forgot, those areas don't vote Tory so don't count!
So lucky Lewisham got the Overground while the borough of Bromley has been forgotten? Suggest you check an atlas, I think you'll find that Penge, Anerley and Crystal Palace (all in Bromley) have benefitted from the very same Overground extension. Oops I forgot, those areas don't vote Tory so don't count! Tony_W
  • Score: 1

7:30am Fri 26 Jul 13

Teacher84 says...

Technically they fall into the Bromley Borough but are smaller suburban areas and all have SE postcodes.
Technically they fall into the Bromley Borough but are smaller suburban areas and all have SE postcodes. Teacher84
  • Score: 2

9:07am Fri 26 Jul 13

cookster says...

You had me right up until you said Abbey Wood will be transformed into a busy, bustling affluent town
You had me right up until you said Abbey Wood will be transformed into a busy, bustling affluent town cookster
  • Score: 3

11:14am Fri 26 Jul 13

GS2013 says...

Brilliant idea, the area of Bromley town has lost out on access to East London for far too long.
Brilliant idea, the area of Bromley town has lost out on access to East London for far too long. GS2013
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Fri 26 Jul 13

joertmclark says...

cookster wrote:
You had me right up until you said Abbey Wood will be transformed into a busy, bustling affluent town
That's right, it wont' be long now. Abbey Wood is an upcoming area.
[quote][p][bold]cookster[/bold] wrote: You had me right up until you said Abbey Wood will be transformed into a busy, bustling affluent town[/p][/quote]That's right, it wont' be long now. Abbey Wood is an upcoming area. joertmclark
  • Score: -2

1:15pm Sat 27 Jul 13

madras says...

Could you stretch it out to Petts Wood too?
Could you stretch it out to Petts Wood too? madras
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Mon 29 Jul 13

goldenbroomboy says...

This is an appalling idea. If I wanted to live in Lewisham I would move there. It's ok for rich people who live in rural areas to support this idea because they will not have to live with all the disruption, extra traffic, tarmac, glass, and concrete that goes with it.

Rest assured I shall join any campaign against this attempt to brick over Bromley.
This is an appalling idea. If I wanted to live in Lewisham I would move there. It's ok for rich people who live in rural areas to support this idea because they will not have to live with all the disruption, extra traffic, tarmac, glass, and concrete that goes with it. Rest assured I shall join any campaign against this attempt to brick over Bromley. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -1

4:07pm Wed 31 Jul 13

Invicta58 says...

This is just another bit of pre-election puffery by the usual suspects. Anyone who seriously thinks £800m buys a brand new underground route into central Bromley, or anywhere else in the borough, will be disappointed.

Looking on a map the only viable way is to re-use the current Grove Park rail route into Bromley North. This won’t provide any additional capacity or routes – just a rebadge from Network Rail to DLR. Agreed perhaps some better connections but at the end of the day not a single new route mile or station would be created.

The route would only go to Bromley North, and nowhere else in the borough so hardly a transport revolution for the borough of Bromley. Not actually getting much for £800m of taxpayers money.
This is just another bit of pre-election puffery by the usual suspects. Anyone who seriously thinks £800m buys a brand new underground route into central Bromley, or anywhere else in the borough, will be disappointed. Looking on a map the only viable way is to re-use the current Grove Park rail route into Bromley North. This won’t provide any additional capacity or routes – just a rebadge from Network Rail to DLR. Agreed perhaps some better connections but at the end of the day not a single new route mile or station would be created. The route would only go to Bromley North, and nowhere else in the borough so hardly a transport revolution for the borough of Bromley. Not actually getting much for £800m of taxpayers money. Invicta58
  • Score: 0

4:16pm Wed 31 Jul 13

Invicta58 says...

Teacher84 wrote:
Technically they fall into the Bromley Borough but are smaller suburban areas and all have SE postcodes.
Not a geography teacher I hope !
They are not technically but actually in Bromley - the postcodes are nothing to do with the borough boundary, just as telephone area codes are completely independant.
[quote][p][bold]Teacher84[/bold] wrote: Technically they fall into the Bromley Borough but are smaller suburban areas and all have SE postcodes.[/p][/quote]Not a geography teacher I hope ! They are not technically but actually in Bromley - the postcodes are nothing to do with the borough boundary, just as telephone area codes are completely independant. Invicta58
  • Score: 0

9:55am Fri 2 Aug 13

goldenbroomboy says...

Invicta58 wrote:
Teacher84 wrote: Technically they fall into the Bromley Borough but are smaller suburban areas and all have SE postcodes.
Not a geography teacher I hope ! They are not technically but actually in Bromley - the postcodes are nothing to do with the borough boundary, just as telephone area codes are completely independant.
Don't be silly! Saying that Penge is in Bromley is like saying that Shipbourne is in Tonbridge!
[quote][p][bold]Invicta58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Teacher84[/bold] wrote: Technically they fall into the Bromley Borough but are smaller suburban areas and all have SE postcodes.[/p][/quote]Not a geography teacher I hope ! They are not technically but actually in Bromley - the postcodes are nothing to do with the borough boundary, just as telephone area codes are completely independant.[/p][/quote]Don't be silly! Saying that Penge is in Bromley is like saying that Shipbourne is in Tonbridge! goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 0

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