Campaign to reinstate Bermondsey Spa rail station

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Wednesday 23 January 2013 9.39am
It seems unfair that transport from the grange road/soutwark park road part of se1 is reliant on buses although we are the 'victims' of the massive rail viaducts carving through the area. Also, in rush hour the convenient buses (78) and jubilee line (east or west from Bermondsey tube) are horribly full. There has also been a massive increase in residential properties around the spa area.

My bright idea is to reinstate the B Spa rail station - would anyone join me in this plan - especially someone with experience in lobbying?
Wednesday 23 January 2013 9.52am
Where is/was the B Spa Railway station?
Wednesday 23 January 2013 9.53am
Spa Road:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa_Road_railway_station

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Wednesday 23 January 2013 10.18am
That would be a great idea - the platforms are still there and it would liven up the area, if it was done properly. I like the arches carving it up actually!
Wednesday 23 January 2013 10.24am
It's a nice idea, JimG. Not sure it's got much chance, but always easy to criticise. One thought as to who should lobby for it is Hyde Park Group (the company developing Bermondsey Spa). Having a railway station of the same name as your development could only be a good thing for business. And it has great marketing opportunities. Indeed just arguing for a station has PR opportunities. As you say, buses and Jubilee packed and unreliable.

Maybe get in touch with them? If they've a bit of imagination they might bite. Even if they think it hasn't got a chance, it still has the angle of them fighting for the good of the local community.
Wednesday 23 January 2013 11.06am
richard_badger wrote:
One thought as to who should lobby for it is Hyde Park Group (the company developing Bermondsey Spa).
It is actually Hyde Housing Association who are developing Bermondsey Spa in conjunction with Southwark Council.
Wednesday 23 January 2013 11.07am
And a little further along there's the old Southwark Park station at Rotherhithe New Road, also closed in 1915 due to the First World War (?staff shortages) and never reopened - see http://www.abandonedstations.org.uk/Southwark_Park_station.html

Another pair of useful stations closed at about the same time were those between the Elephant and Castle and Loughborough Junction on what is now the Thameslink line - Walworth Road and Camberwell - see
http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/w/walworth_road/index.shtml
and
http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/c/camberwell_new_road/index.shtml

Even if only the 'Wimbledon loop' trains (now that their continuation to St Pancras and beyond is reprieved - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21128025) were to stop there (four an hour I think) it would take some of the pressure off the buses on the Walworth Road-Camberwell Road route, and perhaps reduce the number of people who currently have to change from bus to bus or bus to tube or train at the Elephant and Castle.

And with today's fast-stopping fast-accelerating trains an extra two stops shouldn't make much difference to the overall travel time.

Oh, and then perhaps the argument about whether to extend the Bakerloo line to Camberwell or down the Old Kent Road instead could be decided in favour of the Old Kent Road, that other bus-route nightnare!
Wednesday 23 January 2013 11.15am
The big question for me is whether the platforms would be on the tracks that continue on to Charing Cross / Blackfriars or on the tracks that terminate at London Bridge. Cant see too much point in opening a station that goes one stop (the same stop that is served by the nearby tube) but could see more of a point if it allowed journeys (without changes) right into the City and West End.
Wednesday 23 January 2013 11.19am
I fear Network Rail would rule out any station reopening east of London Bridge as stopping trains would reduce the capacity of an already congested section of railway.

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Wednesday 23 January 2013 11.56am
Neil wrote:
The big question for me is whether the platforms would be on the tracks that continue on to Charing Cross / Blackfriars or on the tracks that terminate at London Bridge. Cant see too much point in opening a station that goes one stop (the same stop that is served by the nearby tube) but could see more of a point if it allowed journeys (without changes) right into the City and West End.
Agreed - it would be great to add it on to the line in to Charing Cross.
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