Thursday, 2 September 2010

Surrey Canal Road station funding

London Reconnections has published a letter from the DfT about funding of the proposed Surrey Canal Road station on the East London Line extension.

It's not good news - but they have been wavering and mumbling for so long that it's not very surprising.

It would make much more financial sense to build a station at the same time as the new line is being constructed, but naturally the new government wants savings in the short term.


IanVisits said...

I used to live next to where the station was planned to go, and I never understood the argument for it.

Yes, it would be nice to have, but essential for redevelopment?

You have New Cross Gate and South Bermondsey within 10 minutes walk, and Surrey Quays/Canada Water within 15 mins.

Add in all the bus routes and the area has an embarrassment of transport options.

The idea that it needed a fourth train station just wasn't supported by the facts on the ground.

Deptford Dame said...

I'm not sure that it is essential for redevelopment either. But given the plans for the area, there's some sense in the argument that it would be easier and cheaper to build in the extra capacity now than do it retrospectively. Of course if the ELL extension was not in the planning phase, no-one would be lobbying for the station to be built.