Public transport in East Walworth is some of the worst in London. A point on the edge of Burgess Park, near Albany Road, is the furthest spot from a tube or overground station in all of zones 1-2. Residents of Albany Road are more than a mile as the crow flies from their nearest station, whether they choose to trek to Elephant and Castle, South Bermondsey or Peckham Rye, meaning a walk can be 25 minutes for a healthy adult, or more for those who are elderly, disabled, or travelling with children. Buses are not a good substitute – a bus from Camberwell to Elephant and Castle can take more than half an hour due to congestion on Walworth Road. People in East Walworth are within touching distance of the greatest city in the World, but cannot be a part of it due to their appalling lack of transport links.
The mayor has indicated his support for an extension to the Bakerloo line, and Transport for London has acknowledged a business case for an extension to Catford, via Burgess Park and Peckham, or Lewisham via Burgess Park and New Cross. While money might not be available now, when it does become available there will be many different areas calling for extensions to their lines. While the need is as great in Southwark as anywhere, Bakerloo line extension will only happen if their is a clear plan for where the route should go and what benefit it will bring. It's time Southwark led the charge on this, and bring proper transport to this shamefully neglected corner of South East London.
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