Friday 20 April 2018

'Ghost' railway station uncovered

Project manager Greg Thornett looks at the remains of Southwark Park station, a
Project manager Greg Thornett looks at the remains of Southwark Park station, a "ghost" station that closed a century ago (Network Rail/PA)

A "ghost" station closed a century ago has been uncovered during work on a £6.5 billion rail project.

Southwark Park station in south London only served passengers from 1902 to 1915 before shutting for good.

But now engineers constructing the Bermondsey Dive Under as part of the Thameslink Programme have rediscovered the former ticket hall and platforms.

Perched on a viaduct above Rotherhithe New Road, Southwark Park was one of several stations in the area, including Spa Road, closed as a result of competition from trams and buses and the coming of the First World War.

Project manager Greg Thornett said: "The Bermondsey Dive Under is a key part of the Thameslink Programme, creating the railway necessary to provide a frequent and reliable service through London Bridge and will make a huge difference to passengers' journeys, cutting journey times and making the services more reliable."

He went on: "We uncovered the footings for the former platforms while we were preparing the top of the viaduct for new track and we are now working up in the roof space of the former ticket hall to fill in the old skylights, ready to carry the final track alignment.

"Much of the existing stretch of viaduct will be replaced by the ramps into and out of the new dive under, but the arch that used to house the old booking hall will remain."

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