Bromley Council will again challenge a proposed extension of the Bakerloo line to Hayes.

Under the proposal, which could be implemented in the 2030s and cost up to £3bn, the Underground service would run to Lewisham before taking over the existing Hayes line which connects the area to London Bridge.

Given many Bromley residents rely on the current Hayes line, the Council is instead arguing for additional capacity and connectivity for already existing services in Bromley town centre.

Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council, said: “Whilst we remain strongly supportive of the extension to Lewisham, mindful of the opportunities this will bring to the sub-region, it is extremely disappointing to put it mildly to have to respond to yet another consultation about extending the Bakerloo Line to Hayes when this has already been resoundingly rejected and TfL have been briefed to that effect.

“What we need is extra capacity and connectivity for Bromley town centre rather than unnecessary alternatives at great cost to what is already a perfectly satisfactory line, scheduled to improve further still in the next few years when new services to Victoria, via Denmark Hill commence, providing direct access to Kings Hospital and the West End for those wishing to access either.

"The TfL proposal would also deny direct access to London termini to a vast swathe of Bromley residents living along the Hayes Line corridor, with long established commuting patterns, many of whom have purchased their houses locally at great expense to do precisely that.”

Transport for London has invited the public to give their views on the most detailed proposals yet.

The latest consultation follows feedback given in previous public consultations in 2014, which focused on a comprehensive analysis of the route options, and in 2017 which highlighted potential station and shaft locations.