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.