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Transport strategy for coming years suggests Elizabeth Line extension could go ahead from 2025

PUBLISHED: 09:57 23 June 2017

Abbey Wood Crossrail

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The statement comes in the mayor’s draft transport strategy

London mayor Sadiq KhanLondon mayor Sadiq Khan

Hopes that Crossrail could be extended across Bexley in the future have received a boost this week as the mayor of London revealed his first draft transport strategy.

Mapping out a vision for transport across the capital into the 2040s, Sadiq Khan’s plan has placed an emphasis on public transport, with the Labour mayor hoping by 2041, there will be 3million fewer cars on London’s roads every day, with 80 per cent of journeys made on bicycles, busses, trains and other means.

Setting out his vision, Mr Khan said: “We have to make not using your car the affordable, safest and most convenient option for Londoners going about their daily lives.”

While the Department for Transport has no plans to extend Crossrail, now called the Elizabeth Line, from its final stop in Abbey Wood when complete in December 2018, Mr Khan hopes to work with the borough to pressure the government into an extension.

A route had already been earmarked for the route to travel through the borough via Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green before ending in Gravesend.

A spokesperson from Bexley council said: “The reduction in car use is especially demanding for an outer London borough.

“These challenges are even more acute for Bexley, which has amongst the lowest levels of public transport accessibility in London and is not currently served by trams transits or the tube.”

But the council went on to say it was “ready to work with the mayor” on Crossrail proposals, describing it as “critical to the delivery of the growth that Bexley and London need,” along with other proposals to expand the Docklands Light Railway to Thamesmead and an expansion of London Overground to the area.

Lesnes Abbey councillor Esther Amaning branded the strategy “amazing”, saying: “Aside from Crossrail, the north of the borough needs better bus routes.

“I have one bus running outside my house, meaning I need two buses to get pretty much anywhere, if we can improve bus routes, then it makes places better to live, it would be far more social than just getting into your car just to travel five minutes down the road and would also help with the obesity problem by encouraging people to.”

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