Southwark Park railway station

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Southwark Park
East london railway 1915.jpg
A 1915 map showing the location of the station (just west of Surrey Docks station)
Southwark Park is located in Greater London
Southwark Park
Southwark Park
Location of Southwark Park in Greater London
Location Bermondsey
Local authority London Borough of Southwark
Owner South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Key dates
1 October 1902 (1902-10-01) Opened
15 March 1915 (1915-03-15) Closed
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 51°29′21″N 0°03′11″W / 51.4893°N 0.0531°W / 51.4893; -0.0531Coordinates: 51°29′21″N 0°03′11″W / 51.4893°N 0.0531°W / 51.4893; -0.0531

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.[1]

A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the approaches to London Bridge

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.[1]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Spa Road   South Eastern
and Chatham Railway

Greenwich line

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.[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ a b c 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. 
  2. ^ "Southwark Park 'ghost' station uncovered by Thameslink workers". BBC News. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 

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