Southwark Park railway station
A 1915 map showing the location of the station (just west of Surrey Docks station)
Location of Southwark Park in Greater London
|Local authority||London Borough of Southwark|
|Owner||South Eastern and Chatham Railway|
|1 October 1902||Opened|
|15 March 1915||Closed|
|Lists of stations|
Southwark Park was a railway station in Bermondsey, south-east London, on the Greenwich Line between Spa Road and Deptford. It was opened by the South Eastern and Chatham Railway on 1 October 1902, on approximately the same site as the then long-closed Commercial Dock railway station. It was close to the southern end of Southwark Park, from which it took its name. South Bermondsey railway station, on the South London Line, is nearby.
The station was constructed on a section of extra wide arches running from 168 yards (154 m) west of Rotherhithe New Road to 680 yards (620 m) east of the road. Two loop lines ran through the station, which was controlled by the Corbetts Lane Signal Cabin (later renamed Southwark Park Station Signal Cabin). Passengers boarded trains from two island platforms, reached from ground level via ramped approaches. Each platform was 170 yards (160 m) long, with waiting rooms and a roof 220 feet (67 m) long. A booking hall and station offices stood at ground level.
|Preceding station||Historical railways||Following station|
|Spa Road||South Eastern
and Chatham Railway
The station did not attract much traffic, as an electric tramway ran nearby and was more popular with travellers. Along with Spa Road and Deptford stations, Southwark Park station closed on 15 March 1915 due to wartime economies. It did not reopen due to competition from other public transport making it uneconomic to operate. The bricked-up remains of the ticket hall are visible from the outside in Corbetts Lane. The abandoned interior of the ticket hall and foundations for the platforms were uncovered by Network Rail in March 2015 as part of Thameslink upgrades.
- Thomas, Ronald Henry George (1986). London's First Railway: The London and Greenwich. B.T. Batsford Limited. p. 242. ISBN 978-0-7134-5414-7.
- "Southwark Park 'ghost' station uncovered by Thameslink workers". BBC News. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Abandoned Stations - Southwark Park station (includes photos of surviving external elements of the station)
- Photographs of the former station's interior, uncovered in 2015
- Look what we've found! Thameslink work near London Bridge uncovers 'ghost' Southwark Park railway station – from This Is Local London
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