Ghost station found in London after 100 years
A station that shut exactly 100 years ago in south London has been uncovered by engineers working on a £6.5 billion uplift of the current rail system.
The ‘ghost station’ was found by workers while they were in the process of building the new Thameslink line in the capital.
The forgotten Southwark Park station was just 13 years in use - it opened in 1902 and ushered its last passengers off its platforms in March 1915.
The workers discovered that there were platforms still in existence on top of a viaduct which ran over Rotherhithe New Road in Bermondsey.
The original ticket hall has been preserved as have the tiling decorations from that time. This area is located in the viaduct's arches.
Southwark Park is a rarity in London railway history as it was one of very few stations that closed down because at that stage both buses and trams had increased in popularity. Its purpose was to serve passengers between London Bridge and Greenwich.
Network Rail staff found the remains during the building of the Bermondsey Dive Under. As part of this project, two Victorian viaducts will be partially demolished to open up space for the Thameslink tracks.
However the good news from project manager Greg Thornett is that the arches from Southwark Park’s old ticket hall will not be demolished.
The London Independent reports that the platforms have now been covered with new tracks.