Camberwell railway station (London)

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Camberwell
Camberwell Railway Station, Camberwell Station Road.jpg
The former station building in 2016
Location Camberwell
Local authority Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell
Number of platforms 3
Railway companies
Original company London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates
6 October 1862 Opened
3 April 1916 Closed to passengers
18 April 1964 Closed to all traffic
Other information
Lists of stations
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Camberwell is a closed railway station in Camberwell, south London. It was opened in October 1862 by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LC&DR) as part of the company's ambitious "second London railway". In May 1863 the name was changed to Camberwell New Road but in October 1908 reverted to Camberwell.

As with many other London stations during World War I, wartime restraints forced it to close to passenger traffic in April 1916. Before the outbreak of war, the station had suffered dwindling passenger usage following the introduction of electric tram services in the area.[1] It remained in use for goods traffic until April 1964.

Today, the original station building located on the west side of Camberwell Station Road is in use as a converted mechanic's garage. At track level, nothing of the two side platforms remain but small fragments of the degraded island platform are still visible. The goods yard is now occupied by a residential development.

Camberwell station was mentioned in the 1956 film Private's Progress as a good place to get off a train and avoid paying a fare. It was made to sound like a working station, despite the fact that it had closed nearly 40 years before the film was set.

Possible re-opening[edit]

In March 2016 it was reported by Transport for London that proposals to re-open the station are being considered with other stakeholders, including the London Borough of Southwark. Initial feasibility indicates it would be possible to construct a modern station on the site if timetables could be modified to accommodate Camberwell as an additional stop. TfL will be working with Network Rail and the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth to further develop the feasibility of this proposal.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Subterranea Britannica: SB-Sites: Camberwell Station
  2. ^ "TfL 'investigating' reopening of Camberwell disused station". 7 March 2016. Archived from the original (Archived copy) on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Walworth Road
Line open, station closed
  London, Chatham
& Dover Railway

City Branch
  Loughborough Junction
Line and station open

Coordinates: 51°28′25″N 0°05′52″W / 51.4736°N 0.0977°W / 51.4736; -0.0977