Back the Surrey Canal Road Station Campaign


Poor old Millwall - few parts of inner London are so poorly served by public transport. A huge chunk of Lewisham Borough, which includes a major stadium, is practically untouched by the rail network, as you can see here.

No one likes them, but on this occasion, they do care.

The second phase of the East London Line extension - which would link New Cross with Clapham Junction - was recently given the go-ahead. However, at this stage, there are no plans to include Surrey Canal Station along the route. Trains would pass right through on their way to Peckham.

Lewisham Council is supporting a campaign called "A Key Station For Our Area" that aims to reinstate Surrey Canal. The campaigners say:

Almost 10,000 new homes are going to be built in North Lewisham all within walking distance of where the new station was originally planned. In addition up to 6,000 new jobs will be created within the station�s catchment area. It has been calculated that a new station would actually be used by between 1.6 and 2.4 million passengers a year.

So a new station has always been planned for this critical part of the new rail link for years � and �7 million of funding has been set aside by the Department for Transport as a major contribution towards the estimated total cost of the station of less than �10 million.


The campaign aims to put pressure on TfL to re-look at the business case for the station and to highlight the benefits of the station to the local area. These include increased access to jobs and employment, improved transport solutions on Millwall match days and enhanced transport routes within the Borough.

Local residents, business owners and other supporters are being urged to join the campaign by signing the online petition, registering their support on the website http://www.surreycanalroad.co.uk/ or picking up one of the leaflets which are available across the Borough.

33 comments:

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I'm the petition's 341st signatory....

Fame at last

barryls said...

TFL skint, that's the problem.

max said...

So many investments not happening.
Genuine question. How can it be that TfL is so underfunded?

Brockley Kate said...

I did this article over a month ago!

http://brockleycentral.blogspot.com/2009/07/east-london-line-phase-two-hope-for.html

Brockley Nick said...

Now now Kate, it's not a competition! Just trying to give the campaign maximum publicity.

Anonymous said...

it must have been the self-importance I guess...

Brockley Nick said...

The pointless dickishness really.

Anonymous said...

"Don't say anything on the blog that you wouldn't say in person to the people you're talking about."

Brockley Nick said...

Yup - and do give yourself a name, please

Anonymous said...

Make it to the BrocSoc meeting last night Nick?

Brockley Nick said...

It wasn't a Broc Soc meeting, it was The Transition Towns group, meeting at the Brockley Social Club. I'd expect someone as well connected as you are in the real world to know the difference.

Anonymous said...

OK, so did you make it to The Transition Towns group at Brockley Social Club then?

Brockley Nick said...

For what purpose?

Anonymous said...

To speak to the objectors to the Loampit Vale development as was suggested in the first post on the 'status quo' article.

Brockley Nick said...

Nope.

Anonymous said...

Oh right, OK, thought you were interested in hearing something about that that might not have been covered in the papers.

well, have a good friday then.

Brockley Nick said...

I'm interested to hear / read what they have to say. I look forward to hearing from them. My contact details are on the site. The Surrey Canal Road campaigners managed to find them...

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you didn't get where you are today by always letting things come to you

;)

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Tamsin said...

Quit beefing at Nick who with the other moderators provides this service out of the goodness of his heart and his own (or his employer's? ;o)) spare time.

The Transition towns meeting is not about Loampit Vale or anything that local. Nick, or one of the other moderators, seem to make a point of going to the Broc.Soc. meetings if they are notified in time and usually report back here.

If you want to help local - sign the petition and get in touch with the organisers about taking some hard-copies around to in markets and people's doorsteps to get more signed up

patrick1971 said...

Those of us at the Crofton Park end would rather say NO to ELL2 and YES to the Victoria-Bellingham service :-)

But in an ideal world, of course, we'd have both.

I have to ask said...

Does this scheme benefit Brockley?

Brockley Nick said...

It depends whether you want to get to Surrey Canal Road, I suppose. But the more transport links in the area, the more development will be encouraged, so in the long-term it will be beneficial.

Anonymous said...

This station must be built. It was on the original plan. All the main road closures and upheaval for the ELL has been in the millwall/new cross area and these started about 2 yrs ago with the closure of cold blow lane.Since then there are repeated closures of other roads! Some poor people now have a new, very ugly and very large iron bridge just behind their back garden (they will never sell their houses again!).

Anonymous said...

Seems most people only post when there at work,No wonder the country's going to the dogs.

Tamsin said...

Get people signing - less than 30 signatures since Friday afternoon to the on-line petition is not good.

Anonymous said...

There's already a station there, South Bermondsey.

Brockley Nick said...

Anon - I believe the rot set in when people's spelling started deteriorating. Wouldn't you agree?

Tamsin said...

Maybe but zoom out a bit and compare the desert between South Bermondey and Deptford, extending north to the river, to the number of stations round our area.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but if we're honest Brockley is probably better served for accessibility to local stations than it needs to be. People elsewhere in the UK manage with a nominated station per town.

Tamsin said...

"reason not the need..." The fact remains that the area around Surrey Canal Road is worse off than most of London for public transport links, something was at last going to be done about it, and then the plug is pulled. Same old story - and part of the same pattern as the U-turn over the Thames Gateway river crossing.

Lou Baker said...

ELL2 is an even worse scheme than ELL1.

As a result of this 'upgrade' two stations in south London - Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road - will lose ALL their direct train services to central London. The two Peckham stations and Denmark Hill will each lose four central London bound trains per hour.

Okay, run trains to Hackney and Clapham Junction if you must - but this should be in addition to, not at the expense of, central London trains. That IS where most people are going most of the time.

These negatives could have been reduced if ELL2 was being done properly, and not on the cheap. Stations at Brixton and Loughborough Junction would add new connections with existing Victoria and Thameslink services. And as the line passes right over both of these existing stations all that's required is new platforms.

Trains could go to Waterloo as well as Clapham Junction without any significant new infrastructure being built and adding the proposed Surrey Canal Rd station, in a deprived area next to a football stadium, makes perfect sense.

These suggestions have all be rejected - as has a Victoria to Bellingham service to offset some of the negatives.

The cost? You could have done most of these things for not much more than it's costing BoJo to scrap bendy buses.

So support Surrey Canal Rd's campaign for a station but sign the save the South London Line petition too. It's worth it. The Victoria to London Bridge loop via Peckham may be first service to service to go, but don't doubt for a minute that the Brockley one is next on their list of cuts.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/27426.html

Tamsin said...

Can someone who facebooks or twitters tell the Surrey Canal Road people that the link to download their leaflet is bust.
Thanks.

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