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Loughborough Junction shown within Greater London
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||SE5, SE24|
|UK Parliament||Dulwich and West Norwood|
|London Assembly||Lambeth and Southwark|
Loughborough Junction is an area of South London, in the London Borough of Lambeth, which is located between Brixton, Camberwell and Herne Hill. It is centred at a junction which consists of 9 railway bridges - 6 which can all be seen at once from the centre of the junction.
The name "Loughborough Junction" relates to the railway junction immediately to the north of the station of the same name, where spurs diverge from the North-South line that forms the Wimbledon Loop part of the Thameslink network, to connect with the East - West Inner South London Line. The section of the Inner South London Line which passes through Loughborough Junction is one of the major cross-London rail freight routes carrying traffic from the Channel Tunnel and Thames Estuary Ports to destinations West and North of London.
Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG) was formed by volunteer residents in 2008 with a view to regenerate the area. LJAG have worked with the council to form a masterplan for the area, with consultation events held with local residents to ascertain how they would like the area to be improved. These plans are being developed through 2013.
Loughborough Junction can be found within the postal codes of SE5 and SW9, which shows its southern central position. It forms a border between Herne Hill, Brixton and Camberwell. The main road passing through it is Coldharbour Lane, which runs from central Brixton all the way to Camberwell. The name Loughborough Junction derives from the fact that the area once housed Loughborough House, the residence of Henry Hastings, 1st Baron Loughborough, which was previously the Manor House of Lambeth Wick; there is no other significant connection with the Midlands town of Loughborough or with the railways that serve it.
The area itself deteriorated over the years, due partly to planning blight related to transport schemes that were never realised and to the neglect of its housing stock by both private and council landlords. Drug and gang related problems resulted in the closure of several pubs in the area. More recently two of these pubs have been renovated. The Green Man is now a 'skills hub' run by Lambeth council. The Warrior was for a short time used for occasional pop-up cultural events, particularly the "7 Bridges" project, a locally-based initiative to improve the area, but has now been redeveloped as a "Tesco Metro" supermarket.
Loughborough Junction is home to Whirled Arts, which runs a cinema in the railway arches on Hardess St, showing mainly art house and foreign language films, and also hosting literary and musical events. There are also several art galleries and artists' studios in the immediate area. The arch adjacent to the entrance to Loughborough Junction Station is home to The Beanery, an independent coffee shop and wine bar.
The property in the area is a mixture of Victorian and Georgian mansion blocks and town houses, and local authority housing estates. The main estates are the Loughborough Estate, the Angell Town Estate, and the Moorlands Estate.
The area is served by four primary schools: Loughborough Infants and Juniors, Crawford Primary, St Saviours and Jessops.
To the south of the area is Ruskin Park, situated on a hill with views over central London, where there are tennis courts, enclosed courts for ball games, a children's playground and a large area used for football matches on the weekends. There is also a large dog-free area and a flower garden.
- Loughborough Junction railway station
- Bus routes: 45, 35, 345, P4, P5
- Nearest tube station: Brixton tube station
- By bike: central London 20–25 minutes