Should Bexley the 'forgotten borough of London for transport' join the Underground?

Should Bexley the 'forgotten borough of London for transport' join the Underground?

Should Bexley join the Underground?

Bexley Council leader Councillor Teresa O’Neill

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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

News Shopper: Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: "We spend taxpayers’ money and that’s a responsibility we take very seriously.

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."

 

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7:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

madras says...

extend the dlr from lewisham into bromley and the surrounding boroughs
extend the dlr from lewisham into bromley and the surrounding boroughs madras
  • Score: 2

7:53pm Tue 5 Aug 14

simon2013 says...

the tube should run all way to bexleyheath via lewisham /sidcup
the tube should run all way to bexleyheath via lewisham /sidcup simon2013
  • Score: 2

9:18pm Tue 5 Aug 14

annam85 says...

There are many reasons why Bexley continues to be one of the cheapest London Borough to buy property. Some people are more than happy to spend an extra few minutes on the train to work if it means being able to afford an extra bedroom. Inevitably, additional investment in transport links means higher prices and before we know it, Dover will be a London suburb. I'm not sure if thats good or bad really.
There are many reasons why Bexley continues to be one of the cheapest London Borough to buy property. Some people are more than happy to spend an extra few minutes on the train to work if it means being able to afford an extra bedroom. Inevitably, additional investment in transport links means higher prices and before we know it, Dover will be a London suburb. I'm not sure if thats good or bad really. annam85
  • Score: 1

9:37am Wed 6 Aug 14

goldenbroomboy says...

annam85 wrote:
There are many reasons why Bexley continues to be one of the cheapest London Borough to buy property. Some people are more than happy to spend an extra few minutes on the train to work if it means being able to afford an extra bedroom. Inevitably, additional investment in transport links means higher prices and before we know it, Dover will be a London suburb. I'm not sure if thats good or bad really.
Hang on a minuite, Two Ton Tessie has repeatedly stood for election on the grounds of improving transport links between Bexley & the "the rest of London", now she wants to back pedal?

Or perhaps she has twigged that all the concreting of Bexley has meant that there is no space left to fit the tube?

As for the "orbital route" referred to above, I cannot see why Bexleyheath needs want a better connection to Walthamstow, any more than Brommers needs a better connection to Wealdstone.
[quote][p][bold]annam85[/bold] wrote: There are many reasons why Bexley continues to be one of the cheapest London Borough to buy property. Some people are more than happy to spend an extra few minutes on the train to work if it means being able to afford an extra bedroom. Inevitably, additional investment in transport links means higher prices and before we know it, Dover will be a London suburb. I'm not sure if thats good or bad really.[/p][/quote]Hang on a minuite, Two Ton Tessie has repeatedly stood for election on the grounds of improving transport links between Bexley & the "the rest of London", now she wants to back pedal? Or perhaps she has twigged that all the concreting of Bexley has meant that there is no space left to fit the tube? As for the "orbital route" referred to above, I cannot see why Bexleyheath needs want a better connection to Walthamstow, any more than Brommers needs a better connection to Wealdstone. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -2

8:15pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Elthamboy says...

I agree with Annam85 this is ridiculous, Bexley isn't a borough of London. Soon it will be as far out as Dover it's a joke!
I agree with Annam85 this is ridiculous, Bexley isn't a borough of London. Soon it will be as far out as Dover it's a joke! Elthamboy
  • Score: -2

12:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
annam85 wrote: There are many reasons why Bexley continues to be one of the cheapest London Borough to buy property. Some people are more than happy to spend an extra few minutes on the train to work if it means being able to afford an extra bedroom. Inevitably, additional investment in transport links means higher prices and before we know it, Dover will be a London suburb. I'm not sure if thats good or bad really.
Hang on a minuite, Two Ton Tessie has repeatedly stood for election on the grounds of improving transport links between Bexley & the "the rest of London", now she wants to back pedal? Or perhaps she has twigged that all the concreting of Bexley has meant that there is no space left to fit the tube? As for the "orbital route" referred to above, I cannot see why Bexleyheath needs want a better connection to Walthamstow, any more than Brommers needs a better connection to Wealdstone.
I like the idea of the orbital railway but not the idea of places like Ilford and barking having easier links to bexley :-S
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]annam85[/bold] wrote: There are many reasons why Bexley continues to be one of the cheapest London Borough to buy property. Some people are more than happy to spend an extra few minutes on the train to work if it means being able to afford an extra bedroom. Inevitably, additional investment in transport links means higher prices and before we know it, Dover will be a London suburb. I'm not sure if thats good or bad really.[/p][/quote]Hang on a minuite, Two Ton Tessie has repeatedly stood for election on the grounds of improving transport links between Bexley & the "the rest of London", now she wants to back pedal? Or perhaps she has twigged that all the concreting of Bexley has meant that there is no space left to fit the tube? As for the "orbital route" referred to above, I cannot see why Bexleyheath needs want a better connection to Walthamstow, any more than Brommers needs a better connection to Wealdstone.[/p][/quote]I like the idea of the orbital railway but not the idea of places like Ilford and barking having easier links to bexley :-S oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 3

12:45am Thu 7 Aug 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

simon2013 wrote:
the tube should run all way to bexleyheath via lewisham /sidcup
The easiest way is for tfl to take over the bexleyheath line east of Lewisham and run, the jubilee for example, to slade green or dartford, the fast services could easily be part of crossrail on the north Kent line with abbey wood a hub and the dlr reaching abbey wood and finishing at thamesmead.

Seems good to me unless im missing a point somewhere.
[quote][p][bold]simon2013[/bold] wrote: the tube should run all way to bexleyheath via lewisham /sidcup[/p][/quote]The easiest way is for tfl to take over the bexleyheath line east of Lewisham and run, the jubilee for example, to slade green or dartford, the fast services could easily be part of crossrail on the north Kent line with abbey wood a hub and the dlr reaching abbey wood and finishing at thamesmead. Seems good to me unless im missing a point somewhere. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 3

11:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

JamesViktor says...

Elthamboy wrote:
I agree with Annam85 this is ridiculous, Bexley isn't a borough of London. Soon it will be as far out as Dover it's a joke!
Guess you're not too good at reading:

http://www.jbwgroup.
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[quote][p][bold]Elthamboy[/bold] wrote: I agree with Annam85 this is ridiculous, Bexley isn't a borough of London. Soon it will be as far out as Dover it's a joke![/p][/quote]Guess you're not too good at reading: http://www.jbwgroup. co.uk/resources/uplo ads/case_studies/lon don_borough_bexley_l ogo.jpg JamesViktor
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Thu 7 Aug 14

JamesViktor says...

Elthamboy wrote:
I agree with Annam85 this is ridiculous, Bexley isn't a borough of London. Soon it will be as far out as Dover it's a joke!
My guess is that reading isn't your strong suit san:

https://en.wikipedia
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viewer/File:Lb_bexle
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[quote][p][bold]Elthamboy[/bold] wrote: I agree with Annam85 this is ridiculous, Bexley isn't a borough of London. Soon it will be as far out as Dover it's a joke![/p][/quote]My guess is that reading isn't your strong suit san: https://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/London_Bor ough_of_Bexley#media viewer/File:Lb_bexle y_logo.svg JamesViktor
  • Score: 0

8:26am Fri 8 Aug 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Elthamboy wrote:
I agree with Annam85 this is ridiculous, Bexley isn't a borough of London. Soon it will be as far out as Dover it's a joke!
Not so sure about Dover, but Dartford, Gravesham, Epsom & Ewell are within Greater Larndarns sights. They escaped last time, they won't get away again.

Still, I have given you an upvote as a kindred soul. Ignore those quislings who kid themselevs that Crayford is as much Larndarn as Poplar, they may brick over our fields but they wont break our sprit.
[quote][p][bold]Elthamboy[/bold] wrote: I agree with Annam85 this is ridiculous, Bexley isn't a borough of London. Soon it will be as far out as Dover it's a joke![/p][/quote]Not so sure about Dover, but Dartford, Gravesham, Epsom & Ewell are within Greater Larndarns sights. They escaped last time, they won't get away again. Still, I have given you an upvote as a kindred soul. Ignore those quislings who kid themselevs that Crayford is as much Larndarn as Poplar, they may brick over our fields but they wont break our sprit. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -2

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