Train services in Camberwell

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have recently been asked to put the following question to you by constituent:

'A relatively cheap way of helping the residents of Camberwell would be to reopen the old stations on the stretch of line between Elephant & Castle and Loughborough Junction, presently used by FCC. Also expand Loughborough Junction by reopening the old platforms on the spur towards Denmark Hill and then run an Overground service terminating at Blackfriars. This would be much cheaper than extending the Bakerloo Line.' To what extent do you see this as a possibility?


Answer for Train services in Camberwell

Answer for Train services in Camberwell

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The line you mention is the responsibility of the Department for Transport and Network Rail. However, previous work by TfL has shown that reopening the stations mentioned would be costly (because of the need to widen the viaduct) and would lead to a reduction in line capacity because of the close proximity of the stops. For these reasons the proposal is unlikely to be feasible.

Overground trains on the route across south London already operate at the maximum possible frequency, so diverting some of these to Blackfriars would reduce the frequency west of Denmark Hill - the adverse impact on passengers in this area would strongly outweigh any benefits, particularly as users of Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye stations already have direct services to Blackfriars.