Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

Open your wallets

Posted in Business, Commuter, Infrastructure, London, Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 30 October 2011

As part of the second phase of the East London Line extension, there has always been a plan to build a new station at Surrey Canal Road, between Surrey Quays and Queen’s Road Peckham. This has been something of a saga as it has been off again, then on again, then off again. In September 2010, the DfT, who had prior to the election commited to providing £7m to the cost, changed their mind and decided not to. As a consequence, while TfL would construct a station box as part of the extension work, it would not be fitted out and opened as a station. However, in the past few days news has come out a private developer called Renewal, who have major plans for for the Surrey Canal Road area, will now fund the completion of the station. But, the station will be very close to The New Den, so why haven’t Millwall made an offer to stump up some money to help pay for the station, which will improve access to the stadium (currently only served by South Bermondsey). Given Millwall will benefit from the construction of the station, is it right that they not contribute to building it?

“Developer Funding For Surrey Canal Road Agreed”

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  1. Chris said, on 2 November 2011 at 10:18 am

    I suspect you’ll find the station will be closed when there’s a match, so they wont benefit that much.

    • Chairman Pip said, on 2 November 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Unlikely – SCR will be much closer to the home sections and will aid the dispersal of the home fans quicker. Transport links around the New Den are currently pretty poor, so to have the club and the police shut up an asset that will aid their working in getting visiting fans away from the ground as quickly as possible (by dispersing the home supporters) would not make sense.


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