London Overground has applied for permission to build a new station near Millwall Football Club on a plot of land that has the option of building a station there.
The station, which was tentatively named Surrey Canal in the documents, would be located just south of Surry Canal Road, and when the London Overground extension through south London was opened back in 2012, it was possible to build a new station here, but there was not enough to justify building the station itself at that time.
After some years of delays, the area now gets the large residential development, on about 3,500 apartments that have been long awaited.
So even though no station was built in 2012, what was built was quite significant as they knew a station would be here in the end, so there are stacked retaining walls to make room for a station aisle under the railway bridge and a platform structure to accommodate a 4-carriage platform, although it must now be extended to support 5-carriage trains.
The large residential building, New Bermondsey, has a “grampian” clause in the approvals that the new homes can only be built if the London Overground station is also built. Although TfL has existing approval to build structures up to 5 meters above the height of the railway as part of the extension of the railway line in 2012, the station will in some places be higher, so they have had to apply for a change of permit for the bits, that protrudes above this height limit – mainly the platform’s canopy and lifting shafts.
The station was expected to be funded by a £ 10 million contribution from the developer, but that planning application expires next year and is not expected to be renewed, so TfL was able to secure funding from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund, which pays for transport upgrades. that can make it possible to build additional homes in an area.
In this situation, earlier this year, a modified housing development was approved for 3,500 homes, and as part of that, the second phase of the housing project will also include a bus stop and facilities next to the new Overjordsstation.
The proposed station will have a ticket hall area under the railway, at street level, with lifts and stairs up to the platforms. The platforms will be clamped on the sides of the railway viaduct and then have a canopy along about a quarter of the length of the platform.
There will be two entrances. The main ticket hall on Surrey Canal Road and a set of stairs at the south end of the platforms provide slightly faster access to the existing residential area west of the railway. Similar access to the homes to the east will require additional work to provide access down a steep slope if residents approve.
The main entrance gets two elevators, and on closer inspection of the schedule, it looks like there will be at least 8 ticket booms, and one or two wide booms, which is an indication of how busy they expect the station to be once. all homes are built.
Bicycle parking is expected to be included, but is not currently detailed. It is within cycling distance of other Cycle Hire docking stations, although the addition of a docking station at this location would require additional funding from Lewisham Council or the property developer.
Following consultations with local people on the design aspects, a decision will be made on whether to proceed to retail design and delivery of the new station before the end of 2021, and it is currently expected that the new station may open in the beginning of 2025.
To support the station and the extra passengers, further trains and upgrades to the line between Dalston Junction and Surrey Quays will be carried out under an unrelated plan to upgrade the East London Line, but will also have capacity benefits for the new station.