It has been confirmed that Transport for London (TfL) is looking at the possibility of reopening Camberwell station, to the south of Elephant & Castle.
The long-closed London, Chatham & Dover Railway station has come into focus following the announcement that any future Bakerloo Line extension would be along the Old Kent Road corridor rather than to the south of Elephant & Castle.
This decision meant that the Camberwell area would remain poorly served by railway services despite the London Blackfriars to Loughborough Junction line passing through the area.
In response to a question from Labour London Assembly member Val Shawcross, Boris Johnson, London mayor, responded in a written reply: ‘TfL is investigating proposals to reopen the disused station with stakeholders, including the London Borough of Southwark. Initial feasibility indicates it would be possible to construct a modern station at this location if timetable changes could be made to accommodate an extra stop. TfL will be working with Network Rail and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth over the next few months to further develop the feasibility of this proposal.’
The original station at Camberwell opened on 6 October 1862; known as Camberwell New Road between 1 May 1863 and 1 October 1908, the station closed on 3 April 1916. Although long-closed, evidence of the station platforms can still be seen.
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