New Bermondsey railway station

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New Bermondsey London Overground
New Bermondsey is located in Greater London
New Bermondsey
New Bermondsey
Location of New Bermondsey in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Lewisham
Managed byLondon Overground
OwnerTransport for London
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
Key dates
October 2011Funding provided
January 2012Planning permission granted
February 2015Name changed to New Bermondsey
Other information
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WGS8451°29′04″N 0°02′58″W / 51.4844°N 0.0494°W / 51.4844; -0.0494Coordinates: 51°29′04″N 0°02′58″W / 51.4844°N 0.0494°W / 51.4844; -0.0494
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New Bermondsey railway station (formerly Surrey Canal Road) is a proposed railway station on the South London Line of the London Overground network. It would be on the branch from Surrey Quays which carries the East London Line phase 2 extension along the South London Line to Clapham Junction.[1] The extension opened in December 2012 with through trains every 15 minutes between Clapham Junction and Highbury & Islington.[2] The station site is on Surrey Canal Road at the boundary points of Bermondsey, New Cross and Deptford. The station would be adjacent to Millwall Football Club's ground and would help ease the burden of match-day crowds on the nearby South Bermondsey railway station and Surrey Quays Station.


Surrey Canal Road and the proposed new station name derive from Grand Surrey Canal which went from Surrey Commercial Docks at Rotherhithe to Camberwell and Peckham via this area. The canal carried timber to the docks from the 19th century until their closure in the late 1960s. The canal remained as a waterway until it was infilled for safety reasons in the mid-1970s and turned into the present road linking Ilderton Road, SE16, with Trundleys Road, SE8. This area known as the 'Surrey Canal Triangle' has begun to be identified as the Surrey Canal district in its own right.

It was announced in February 2009 that the line extension would be built but that funding for a station at Surrey Canal Road might not be available.[3]

Lewisham Council agreed in principle in January 2010 to provide the missing funding to complete Surrey Canal Road station.[4] Transport for London is committed to building the foundations for the station building and platforms to enable construction to take place readily should funding be found. In September 2010, the Department for Transport refused to provide £7 million for building the station as it would not provide good value for money.[5]


During a presentation at the site as part of the Open House 2014 weekend, it was revealed[by whom?] that the station would not be called Surrey Canal Road and that Renewal were working in partnership with TfL to confirm the rebrand of the area, the name of which will be used by the station and as the name for a whole new district of London.[citation needed]

In 2015, TfL announced that the area of major development surrounding the station would be named "New Bermondsey" and that the station would have the same name.[6]

Construction work has yet to start.[7] In March 2018, Lewisham Council lost £20 million funding for the redevelopment of New Bermondsey from the Greater London Authority, which included £12 million for a station.[8]

Development in the local area[edit]

A large £850m development around The Den, provisionally called Surrey Canal: London's Sporting Village, has been approved. Renewal, the developer, agreed in late 2011 to fund the missing capital needed for the new station,[1][2] and Lewisham Council's strategic planning committee resolved to grant the application at a meeting on 13 October 2011.[9] Planning permission under Section 106 was agreed in January 2012, securing its construction.[citation needed]

The new development will include shops, restaurants, business space and new leisure and sports and multi-faith facilities along with up to 2,400 new homes,[9] replacing warehouses, light industrial estates and a handful of 1990s-built residential blocks. The first two out of five development phases are scheduled for construction between Q2 2018 and 2020.[10]

The progress of the station could be accelerated with the news that planning permission[citation needed] has also been granted to redevelop the area immediately to the north-east of the station site at the junction of Surrey Canal, Trundleys and Grinstead Roads. A new complex of over 200 apartments called Neptune Wharf, on the site of the former Neptune Chemical Works, will also help bring a valuable residential market to the area. The Neptune Wharf development will also be significant in opening up the old Surrey Canal towpath (currently a private road called Canal Approach) and creating a pedestrian link between Deptford Park and Folkestone Gardens at the point the canal went under the railway viaduct. This should provide easier, safer and more pleasant access to the Surrey Canal Road from the adjoining streets.

Preceding station Future services Following station
Overground roundel (no text).svg National Rail logo.svg London Overground
Queens Road Peckham
towards Clapham Junction
  South London Line   Surrey Quays
towards Highbury & Islington


  1. ^ a b Clinnick, Richard (27 July 2011). "East London Line to run extra trains ahead of schedule". Rail. Peterborough. pp. 12–13.
  2. ^ a b "London Overground Clapham Junction to Surrey Quays". Transport for London. n.d. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  3. ^ Gilani, Nadia (16 February 2009). "Tube line to cross South London". South London Press. Streatham, London.
  4. ^ London Reconnections - Lewisham to Fund Surrey Canal Road. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  5. ^ The Construction index: Transport minister refuses funding for key south London station Archived 7 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  6. ^ London Housing Zones
  7. ^ TfL, Future Contract Opportunities (accessed 9 September 2016).
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ a b Chandler, Mark (14 October 2011). "Millwall Surrey Canal Road development and station set to go ahead". News Shopper (Lewisham, London).
  10. ^ "New Bermondsey (Formerly Surrey Canal Triangle) – Proposed Compulsory Purchase Order" (PDF). Lewisham Council. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.

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