New Bermondsey serves up new East London Line station

New Bermondsey is the new name for Old Surrey Canal. The mixed use development planned around Millwall's stadium will be renamed New Bermondsey and get a new station on the East London Line route to Clapham Junction.

The news was part of the announcement made by the Chancellor, which also confirmed that the East London Line will provide 24-hour weekend service from 2017. The station was mooted years ago, but scrapped to save money.

The announcement says:

"New Bermondsey is in the Lewisham, Catford and New Cross Opportunity Area, and sits next to the planned Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. This 30 acre site is just 1.5 miles south of London Bridge and can be reached by train in just four minutes.

"With a combined investment of £1 billion, New Bermondsey will become a thriving new neighbourhood with 2,400 new homes and over 2,000 new jobs. The development will includes London’s largest indoor sports centre, Energize, a church and community centre, space for creative and media start-ups and an integrated health centre.

"This scheme will hugely benefit the 40,000 people already living within a 15 minute walk of the site and the 6,000 new residents.

"The Zone will provide a new station on the London Overground at New Bermondsey and improve bus transport. It only takes four minutes to reach London Bridge from South Bermondsey station.

23 comments:

Cheap hotels said...

Presumably the developers will be asked to chip in to the cost of the Bakerloo extension down the Old Kent road to Lewisham.



https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/bakerloo-extension?cid=bakerloo-extension


Goodness knows that area of South East London has long needed development and an underground line is key to that.

anonymouse said...

What is wrong with Surrey Canal as a name? Why does everything new have to deny the past?

terrencetrentderby said...

Yes that well known place Surrey Canal forever lost to the annals of history

Mezzer said...

TTD will even moan about a moan!

Martin said...

In this case it was a valid point - it's not like Surrey Canal is some amazing historical place and someone is trying to rewrite the history by renaming it. It's a bland, post industrial area and I suppose the idea is to show that it is close to Bermondsey which some people recognize.
Btw our own Brockley station is a marketing ploy :D

anonymouse said...

It's nowhere near Bermondsey. You might as well name it Bermondsey Slopes. The Grand Surrey Canal is an amazing historical place. Some of the old canal infrastructure is still visible. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Surrey_Canal#mediaviewer/File:Grand_Surrey_Canal,_1806.jpg

Guest said...

It is so property developers can slap another £100k on the asking price.

Navvy said...

Bermondsey is SE16 (South Bermondsey is SE15) & is in Borough of Southwark. Surrey Canal is SE14 & in Borough of Lewisham

anonymouse said...

Exactly, though when I was growing up it was a place your mum warned you to avoid, along with Catford, Mitcham, and Balham.

Monkeyboy said...

we could just settle this by giving it a neutral name, yet one that anchors it to an iconic SE London Location.

Brockley North

Martin said...

But then what we will call Camden when Greater Brockley expands and finally absorbs it?

Danja said...

It's only the length of Galiwall and a bit of Ilderton away from the Blue.

tamsin said...

The Surrey Canal is a quite interesting by-water of history (pun intended) that explains some oddities, like why Shardeloes Road has a long stretch of wall with houses backing onto it, the large semi-sunken area by the Fairfield Halls in Croydon and, until the ELL works unnecessarily removed them, some canal side stonework in New Cross Gate station. It also run up an impressive series of locks to get over part of Telegraph Hill. Deserves to be remembered in a station name.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Bermondsey Barge?

The Deptford Bounder said...

Isn't it about time Millwall had a station named after it? Many London clubs have their own station: West Ham, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Fulham Broadway to name but a few. 'New Bermondsey' sounds like 'New Labour' - Bob Mellish would surely have hated it. A couple of months ago Middlesborough fans had the cheek (not to mention basic geographical ignorance) to bellow 'You're just a small town in West Ham' as Millwall were being thrashed 5-1. Having a new station named in their honour would inspire the squad and perhaps save the Lions from the ignomony of relegation to Div 1 this year. Even Ian Holloway has his own station and will be able to hold his head high when he eventually receives his (mysteriously delayed) marching orders. So who's for 'Millwall' station - should knock a couple of hundred grand off the asking price too so what's not to like!

Cossmann said...

I agree with anonymouse, The Surrey Canal was an important local feature and is a name worth celebrating. The very expensive renaming of Surrey Docks as Surrey Quays was another example of TfL (then London Undergound) shunning terminological and historical accuracy in favour of short-lived buzz words. Sir Peter Hendy, please have a rethink!

Kissa said...

History matters, and retaining a name that alludes to the past reality connects with a continuity, however implicit. 'Surrey Canal' refers to a past life and might evoke interest and curiosity in some visitors to that background. I'm not in possession of the historical facts in this particular instance as some contributors seem to, but New Bermondsey totally lacks imagination and smacks of anodyne new town, built on land lacking in personal history, merely a spill-over.

NAT said...

What the Borough fans may have been playfully referring to, is Millwall's North of the river roots, which seems to have gone 'whoosh', by the commentator.
Arsenal on the other hand started South and migrated in the other direction, (check out the station names once you get East of Charlton!) Whether North or South has had the better of that exchange,only time will tell.

Fluff said...

As a local resident we are sick of Millwall dragging the area down. The idea of naming the train station after the club is laughable. Times are changing we are not in 80s, 90s anymore. Stop living in the past and make the area a nicer place for everyone. Yeah New Bermondsey!

NAT said...

Ermm, Millwall is North of the river, hence my post which you don't appear to have gotten in the slightest whit, and who is this 'we' that you refer to? You moved from singular to plural there in....well...a whoosh.

Millwall said...

Nat Grow Up, from your posts you don't live directly near the ground. Take your middle class views some where else and leave opinions to people that are directly affected by an area.

NAT said...

For years I lived on the long processional route to the Old Den, but thats beside the point. All that I said was that Millwall was actually on the other side of the river. How on earth is it middle class to point that out? It doesn't exactly support the idea of calling the station 'Millwall', now, does it?

Monkeyboy said...

I bet you're snacking on olives while you're writing this, like a middle class God.

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