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Junction joy South

By Transport Reporter Oscar Mortali, South London Press


DEMANDS for the East London Line extension to call at Loughborough Junction received a boost from the man that matters this week.

Tuesday saw Val Shawcross of the London Assembly and a deputation from the Angell and Loughborough Junction area meet London Mayor Ken Livingstone to present a petition signed by more than 2,300 people.

It calls for the long-awaited and much-delayed Tube link into South London to include platforms at Lough-borough Junction. The Mayor backed Ms Shawcross's request that the London Development Agency (LDA) undertake a study to investigate the regenerative impact that the Tube link could bring to Brixton and Loughborough Junction.

Tim Gaymer, chairman of the Cold-habour Angell Working Party, said: "The meeting was very positive and it is exciting that the campaign is getting support and recognition from Ken and Val.

"I think it's evidence that getting involved in your local community can generate results and improvements for your area."

Ms Shawcross, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, said: "The East London Line would provide a major opportunity for regeneration by improving access for businesses, visitors and local residents. The case for the project is in my view very strong indeed, and this meeting allowed us to make the case to the Mayor, who will play an important part in the final decision."

The East London Line extension has been beset by delays and financial difficulties.

The initial completion target was 2006. This was then shifted back to 2008, and it is now expected the Tube link will not be completed until 2010.

The plan is for a two-spurred line to extend from New Cross. One would run through South-east London calling at Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Sydenham and Crystal Palace before terminating at West Croydon.

The second spur would run through to Clapham Junction. It is this line where campaigners want to see a stop at Loughborough Junction.

What do you think about the East London Line extension?

Write to South London Press, 2-4 Leigham Court Road, Streatham, SW16 2PD or email letters@slp.co.uk


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