Campaign to Re-Open Camberwell Station Gathering Momentum

Campaign to Re-Open Camberwell Station Gathering Momentum
On the right track?
By
Robert Jamieson
In 2014 TFL launched a consultation on proposals to extend the Bakerloo Line beyond elephant and Castle.

They offered two options: to extend the route through Camberwell or up to Lewisham (via the Old Kent Road). After receiving a whopping 15,346 responses (96% of which supported the Bakerloo line being extended) the decision was made to focus on the OKR route - not surprising after it was designated as an opportunity area.

The decision came as a blow to local campaign group Peckham and Camberwell Transport (PACT) who had undertaken hours and hours of hard graft drumming up support for the Camberwell option (64% of respondents to the consultation supported it as opposed to 48% for the OKR route) and highlighting the needs of the local community. 

But all is not lost! Out of the ashes a new idea was born - a significant alternative to the underground extension that would simultaneously relieve pressure on Camberwell's overwhelmed transport network and improve access to two of the busiest hospitals in the London. Another option was put forward in the consultation that proposed the reopening of the Thameslink station situated, unsurprisingly, on station road!

Since then a campaign spearheaded by local residents, community groups, and politicians calling for the station to be reopened has been gathering momentum. 

The campaign has recently featured in local and national press and Community Southwark were even invited to speak about the campaign on BBC Radio London (fastforward to 2:20 to hear the interview).

To find out more about why there are calls to reopen Camberwell Station, and how you can get involved, visit the campaign webpage here.