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East London Railway extension to Clapham approved

February 12th, 2009 (02:08 pm)
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Ten years ago, when I lived in New Cross, I took myself for a walk along the public sections of a route then being advertised as that of the proposed London Underground East London Line extension, largely along the edge of a park and playing fields, including a footbridge next to Millwall FC. A decade later, and the scheme, now part of London Overground, has finally been approved. The new section of track will be relatively short compared to the length of the route, most of which is existing Network Rail track; the new section will restore a long-closed link between Transport for London's East London Line south of Surrey Quays and the Network Rail tracks north of Queens Road Peckham (or more precisely just north of the former Old Kent Road station, which was closed in 1916 as a wartime economy measure, and which I often wished had remained open when I lived near it). Approval was probably inevitable given that forthcoming alterations at London Bridge as part of the Thameslink Programme will reduce that station's ability to receive South London Line trains from Victoria via Clapham, and these displaced Clapham Junction to Queens Road Peckham passengers have to go somewhere. There will be plenty who don't look forward to changing at Canada Water for the Jubilee, however, though there are other connections for the City at Peckham Rye.